Challenges and opportunities

Friday, 15 November 2013 | 10:00 – 12:00 noon | Column Hall, University of Warsaw

Center for International Forestry Research, CIFOR COP 19/CMP 9 Event.


The Global Comparative Study on REDD+ (GCS-REDD) was launched in 2009 with the aim of providing policy and technical guidance to REDD+ stakeholders. Through comparative studies of REDD+ implementation globally, the project takes stock of international, national and sub-national REDD+ experiences.

Module 2 of the GCS-REDD focuses on 23 sub-national REDD+ initiatives in six countries: Brazil, Cameroon, Indonesia, Peru, Tanzania and Viet Nam. It analyses the performance of REDD+ and identifies challenges and opportunities in designing and implementing effective, efficient and equitable (3Es) policies and projects. Module 2 also analyses co-benefits such as the ability of REDD+ to maintain and improve livelihoods and well-being, tenure rights, and ecosystem services.


The objective of this event is to provide a platform for discussion on implementation challenges experienced by REDD+ sub-national initiatives, and what can be done to overcome these.

“Are performance-based incentives key to REDD+?”
“Are some people turning away from REDD+?”

A keynote address will be given to frame the issue. CIFOR will present key findings of a survey undertaken this year that asked representatives of the 23 REDD+ proponent organizations about the challenges they have encountered. Representatives from three of these organizations will present their perspectives and share their experiences. To further enrich discussion at the event, members of the audience are encouraged to engage in a dialogue with the speakers.


Moderator – Antonio La Viña, Dean, Ateneo School of Government, Adviser to the Philippine delegation to UNFCCC

Keynote Speech
REDD+ Challenges and Opportunities: experiences from social and environmental standards
Joanna Durbin, Director, Climate, Community & Biodiversity Alliance, CCBA


  1. Research updatesPreliminary findings of CIFOR study on REDD+ proponent challenges
    William Sunderlin, Leader of Module 2, Sub-National Initiatives, GCS-REDD, CIFOR
  2. Case studies

Closing remarks by moderator


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