REDD+ aims to achieve a defined impact reduced emissions and payments may be made based on performance towards achieving this goal. This implies that there must be assessments of the results of REDD+ programmes.
In the medium-term, most payments will be for readiness and policy reforms, rather than proven emissions reductions. Hence good performance indicators are critical for all three REDD+ phases, in particular for phase 2 where the focus is on policy performance.
Valuable lessons on governance indicators can be learned from the aid sector: avoid seeking the perfect indicator and use expert judgment extensively.
Publisher: Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), Bogor, Indonesia
Source: Angelsen, A., Brockhaus, M., Sunderlin, W.D. and Verchot, L. (eds) Analysing REDD+: Challenges and choices. 247-260
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