In this article, we draw on the contributions to this issue to address the question Will REDD+ work?. We do so by differentiating between how, where and when REDD+ might work. The article shows how issues of scope, scale and pace of REDD+ are related, and how interdisciplinary research can help to distill the lessons learned from REDD+ efforts currently underway. Important research areas include the drivers of deforestation and forest degradation, monitoring, reporting and verification, co-benefits, governance capacity, linkages with related policies, and the environmental and social impacts of REDD+. In concluding, we highlight the role of interdisciplinary research in supporting the different actors involved in REDD+ to cope with the inherent heterogeneity and complexity of REDD+.
Topic: REDD+, deforestation, degradation, monitoring, Reporting, Verification, governance
Publication Year: 2012
Source: Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability 4(6): 590-596