Impacts of Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation and Forest Degradation and Enhancing Carbon Stocks

Project leaderLouis Verchot
Location Indonesia, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Viet Nam
Project statusCLOSED
Project start2011-01-01
Project end2014-12-31

At the Conference of the Parties (COP15) in Copenhagen in 2009, one outcome was a commitment to developing a mechanism for reducing greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) from deforestation and forest degradation and enhancing carbon stocks (REDD+).

There is, however, only a limited research basis for such a mechanism particularly with regard to the need to understand and monitor the impact of REDD+ activities on climate effectiveness, cost efficiency, equity and co-benefits.

I-REDD+ is approaching these challenges from a truly interdisciplinary perspective. The overall objective is to obtain an improved understanding of how the implementation of REDD+ mechanisms:

1) Reduce emissions of GHGs and maintain or enhance existing stocks of carbon in vegetation and soil of various land cover types;

2) Impact the livelihoods and welfare of local farming communities and differences between communities;

3) Impact biodiversity conservation; and

4) Provide a realistic framework for monitoring, reporting on, and verifying REDD+, including the importance of governance and accountability at multiple levels.

To complement other research initiatives, we are working in the uplands of Southeast Asia in Kalimantan, Indonesia; in the northern parts of Lao PDR and Vietnam; and in Yunnan in southwest China. 

The partners in I-REDD+ are leading research institutions in Europe and Southeast Asia, international research organizations, a non-governmental organization and a small- to medium-sized enterprise. This consortium is placing strong emphasis on local dissemination and capacity development in order to ensure that project results influence REDD+ policy development at local, national and global levels.


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