Tropical land and forests have an important role to play in the global climate agenda. Emissions from deforestation and forest degradation account for 70% of all tropical land-use emissions, and 10% of greenhouse gas emissions globally. Under the Paris Agreement on the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, countries in the tropics are now pledging to address this source of emissions in their Nationally Determined Contributions to mitigating global climate change.
Efforts to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, while addressing the need for conservation and sustainable management of forests, and enhancement of forest carbon stocks — or what is known simply as REDD+ — are fast becoming an important part of climate change action in developing countries. Supporting this, CIFOR and partners since 2009 have monitored developments through a Global Comparative Study on REDD+ (GCS-REDD+). The project poses the question: How can REDD+ effectively and efficiently achieve its goals while ensuring that the results are equitable?.
At this national knowledge sharing workshop in Myanmar, the GCS-REDD+ research team will share insights on experiences in implementing REDD+ in 13 countries, as well as analyses on opportunities and obstacles to success as the project heads into its third phase.GCS-REDD+ project website: http://www.cifor.org/gcs/