GCS REDD+ marks another milestone

The Global Comparative Study on REDD+ (GCS REDD+) wrapped up its third phase in 2020, focused on assessing policy design and the impacts of actions to ‘reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation’ (REDD+). Through a series of virtual national stakeholder workshops, GCS REDD+ brought together policymakers, practitioners, researchers and donors to discuss the latest knowledge on REDD+ and how to translate it into action.

In Peru, CIFOR-ICRAF worked with Peru’s Protected Areas Service (SERNANP) to codevelop the tool ¿Como Vamos? (‘How are we doing?’), which enables participatory reflective monitoring on multistakeholder forums. In Vietnam, scientists have been invited to join a National Task Force to develop Vietnam’s Forestry Development Strategy (2020–2030). And through deep engagement in Indonesia and Peru, GCS REDD+ provided technical support for the inclusion of peatlands in the countries’ respective Forest Reference Emission Levels (FREL) and contributed to the Peruvian National Strategy on Forest and Climate Change.

“Our role of independent international observer and credible analyst of the REDD+ process, along with an ability to reach and convene diverse stakeholders and stimulate debates, make us a unique player in this space.”

Amy Duchelle, Team Leader for Climate change, energy and low-carbon development

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Global Comparative Study on REDD+


22 initiatives in 6 countries across Latin America, Africa and Asia

The following funding partners have supported GCS REDD+:

Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID); CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry (CRP-FTA) with financial support from the contributors to the CGIAR Trust Fund; David and Lucile Packard Foundation; European Commission (EC); Government of Finland; International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU); Mott Foundation; Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad); the Department for International Development (UKAID); and United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

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Amy Duchelle, Team Leader, Climate change, energy and low-carbon development

forward better


In 2020 – a year like no other – CIFOR-ICRAF continued to deliver the world’s best science on forests and trees in agricultural landscapes, shifting the conversation online as the Covid-19 pandemic evolved.

This annual report features stories about expertise, dedication and perseverance. When people responded to the pandemic with calls to ban wild meat, CIFOR-ICRAF experts stepped forward with recent, highly relevant evidence in hand, highlighting the needs of communities who rely on wild game for nutrition. Other scientists forged ahead to deliver compelling research findings on improved tree seed and restoration work in Ethiopia, agroforestry in Southeast Asia, and a new model for sustainable use of woodfuel in refugee camps – among many other topics.

CIFOR-ICRAF continued to chart its path as one organization, with a new 10-year strategy that outlines game-changing solutions to five global challenges: deforestation and biodiversity loss, the climate crisis, unsustainable supply and value chains, the need to transform food systems, and extreme inequality for women, Indigenous Peoples and vulnerable rural communities.

Three new holistic approaches will deliver actionable solutions to these challenges: Transformative Partnership Platforms, Engagement Landscapes and Flagship Products. And the newly launched Resilient Landscapes aims to leverage the power of the private sector to spur greater investment in nature-based solutions.

The Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) held its first fully virtual conference in June and didn’t stop there, seeing unprecedented digital growth during the year. And the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry (FTA) marked its 10th science conference – also virtual – while continuing to demonstrate the power of partnership.