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

Project leader Louis Verchot
Location Indonesia, Laos, Vietnam
Project status CLOSED
Project start 2011-01-01
Project end 2014-12-31

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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