A Global Comparative Study for achieving effective, efficient and equitable REDD+ results

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The GCS REDD+ project builds on 21 years of CIFOR efforts to understand the causes of deforestation and forest degradation as well as to elaborate what can be done to reverse those trends in tropical countries. The first phase of CIFOR’s REDD+ research focused on overall design issues and building strong research-based knowledge. The second phase focused on analyzing nascent and evolving policy processes and the actions of early starters in developing REDD+ policies and measures to inform and facilitate transformational change. We currently are beginning the third phase, which focuses on the assessment of policy design and actual impacts of REDD+ policies and measures as a basis to achieving results in the broader context of landscape management, livelihood objectives and equity considerations. CIFOR will continue working with research partners and stakeholders so REDD+ policy makers and practitioner communities have access to and use the information, analysis and tools needed to design and implement REDD+. CIFOR will also support enabling conditions and assessments as to what degree REDD+ has delivered carbon-effective, cost-efficient and equitable carbon and non-carbon benefits. This project aims to ensure that REDD+ policy-makers and practitioner communities have access to and use the information, analysis and tools needed to design and implement REDD+; create enabling conditions; and assess to what degree REDD+ has delivered effective, cost-efficient and equitable carbon and non-carbon benefits. The project combines research, in-country capacity building for research, technical assistance and technology transfer, and policy engagement at sub-national, national, and international levels. The project is structured into four research modules (on policies and governance; the assessment of REDD+ projects on the ground; understanding MRV issues; and addressing landscape level challenges and private sector contributions to REDD+) and one knowledge-sharing module - designed to deliver salient, credible and legitimate knowledge products that address important gaps in REDD+ policy design and implementation. Through co-production of knowledge, partners will develop their technical capacity to address policy and implementation challenges and assist in dissemination, multiplication and uptake of research results. The project builds on the experience of the CIFOR-led “Global Comparative Study on REDD+” which has demonstrated the catalytic potential of combining research, capacity building, and partner engagement to bridge the science-policy divide.

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