Deforestation and forest degradation produce 70% of tropical land-use emissions and account for 10–11% of net global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The Paris Climate Agreement has emphasized forests in climate change mitigation and adaptation, and endorses Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+), among others, in the context of national mitigation efforts, including Nationally Determined Contributions.
CIFOR and its partner organizations have monitored REDD+ developments since 2009 when the Global Comparative Study on REDD+ (GCS REDD+) project began. Through comparative studies of REDD+ implementation around the world, the GCS REDD+ project takes stock of international, national and subnational REDD+ experiences to identify challenges and opportunities in designing and implementing REDD+ policies and projects.
The project poses the question: How can REDD+ effectively and efficiently achieve its goals while ensuring that the results are equitable?
The need for specific, evidence-based answers to this is the core motivation of the project.
The third phase of GCS-REDD+ has just begun, with the financial support of Norad, IKI-BMUB, USAID and the CGIAR Fund.
Authors: Bush, A.; Sollmann, R.; Wilting, A.; Bohmann, K.; Cole, B.; Balzter, H.; Martius, C.; Zlinszky, A.; Calvignac-Spencer, S.; Cobbold, C.A.; Dawson, T.P.; Emerson, B.C.; Ferrirer, S.; Gilbert, M.T.P.; Herold, M.; Jones, L.; Leendertz, F.H.; Matthews, L.; Millington, J.D.A.; Olson, J.R.; Ovaskainen, O.; Raffaelli, D.; Reeve, R.; Rödel, M-O.; Rodgers, T.W.; Snape, S.; Visseren-Hamakers, I.; Vogler, A.P.; White, P.C.L.; Wooster, M.J.; Yu, D.W.