A number of tropical forest countries are engaged in the development of strategies aimed at reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+). These emissions are responsible for up to a fifth of all global carbon emissions - more than the entire global transport sector.

CIFOR and its partner organizations have monitored the developments of REDD+ since 2009 when the Global Comparative Study on REDD+ (GCS REDD+) was launched. Through comparative studies of the implementation of REDD+ 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 effective, efficient, and equitable REDD+ policies and projects. To deliver policy relevant evidence, our approach is comparative and longitudinal, and combines biophysical, socio-economic and political economy analysis with an active knowledge sharing element to provide an holistic understanding of what works – and what doesn’t - in REDD+.


The overall aim of the GCS REDD+ project is to inform the REDD+ policy arenas and practitioner communities with evidence, analysis, and tools so as to ensure 3E+ outcomes: (carbon-)effectiveness, (cost-)efficiency, and equity as well as co-benefits.