Global Comparative Study on REDD+

A selection of updates from GCS REDD+:

REDD+ hasn’t had a major impact on reducing deforestation – yet – and its novel feature of results- based payments is only now being tested at the scale of national or subnational jurisdictions. But by preparing for REDD+, countries have laid the groundwork for future progress. In a peer-reviewed World Resources Institute issue brief, CIFOR scientists and partner universities share lessons learned from 10 years of REDD+ implementation as a foundation for future efforts Links between forests, peatlands and REDD+ interventions were the focus of the ‘For Earth’s Sake: REDD+ and local livelihoods’ media workshop, held in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia in November 2019. Mid- to senior-level journalists learned about REDD+ as a way to mitigate climate change and improve local livelihoods through a visit to the Katingan Mentaya project site.

In Ethiopia, researchers held a national knowledge- sharing workshop in Addis Ababa in April 2019, to share results from GCS REDD+ research in Ethiopia and globally. A two-day workshop for Ethiopian government communicators, research organization officers and journalists bore fruit in the Forests News photo essay Her story: Ethiopian forests.

And an evidence gap map on forest conservation interventions, produced in partnership with the Independent Evaluation Unit of the Green Climate Fund, examines almost two decades of evidence on forest and livelihood outcomes of different types of conservation interventions, building on an earlier map by 3ie. This publication highlights that although the evaluation of forest conservation outcomes has accelerated in recent years, many important knowledge gaps still remain. to build upon.

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Transforming REDD+

Lessons and new directions

Now available in Spanish!

There is a very clear opportunity to integrate REDD+ with complementary global initiatives to protect and restore forests at jurisdictional scales.

Amy Duchelle

Team Leader, Climate change, energy and low-carbon development

Project info


Global Comparative Study on REDD+


22 initiatives in 6 countries across Latin America, Africa and Asia

Funding partners

Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID); CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry (CRP-FTA) with financial support from the contributors to the CGIAR Trust Fund; David and Lucile Packard Foundation; European Commission (EC); Government of Finland; International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU); Mott Foundation; Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad); the Department for International Development (UKAID); and United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

CIFOR focal point

Amy Duchelle, Team Leader, Climate change, energy and low-carbon development

Forests in a
time of crises


In 2019, the world witnessed some of our greatest challenges shift gears from urgent to emergency – from climate crisis to landscape degradation to the wildfires that devastated ecosystems across several continents. But it also saw momentum build with the announcement of the UN Decade of Ecological Restoration, a focus on nature-based solutions, and the recognition of local forest communities and Indigenous Peoples are the best land managers for forest conservation.

Another exciting development – the merger of CIFOR and World Agroforestry (ICRAF) – set the stage for more evidence and solutions that will improve people’s lives, help to conserve and restore the ecosystems that support people and nature, and respond to the global climate crisis.

Our scientists advanced critical knowledge on forest landscape restoration, wild foods and timber legality in Zambia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and peatland fires, biofuel, oil palm and wetland ‘blue carbon’ in Indonesia – with clear policy impacts in Southeast Asia from 10 years of social forestry research and engagement. Our ongoing Global Comparative Studies – GCS REDD+ and GCS Tenure – continued to bring science to policy makers across Africa, Asia and Latin America. Gender researchers looked deep into a myriad of topics, and we mourned the loss of principal scientist and Nairobi hub leader Esther Mwangi, whose legacy of achievements in gender and land rights won’t be soon forgotten. Finally the Global Landscapes Forum brought even more people together, both at events from Accra to Luxembourg as well as through exciting new digital innovations.