The University of Indonesia’s Climate Change Research Center (RCCC-UI), together with CIFOR and partners are implementing a Global Comparative Study on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (GCS-REDD+). Through this project, we foster the co-creation of knowledge and learning exchange at all levels, ensuring policymakers and practitioners have access to – and use – the information, analyses and tools needed to design and implement effective, efficient and equitable REDD+ policies and actions. The Science and Policy Dialogue series is one of the key components introduced in GCS-REDD+ Phase 4 and aims to tailor research to country-level needs, policies and targets pertaining to forest-based climate mitigation.
Science and Policy Dialogue meetings bring experts and policymakers together to discuss research and development surrounding forest and climate governance. The first dialogue on 16 December 2021, under the theme “From COP26 to G20: How research can support aligning forest, finance and development planning in Indonesia”, held in December 2021 set the tone for the whole series in regard to the importance of research in supporting policymaking. At the second dialogue, “Improving REDD+ information to advance REDD+ architecture”, conducted on 25 April 2022, CIFOR-ICRAF and partners shared latest research findings to leverage the national commitment to transform FoLU sectors to achieve the net carbon sink target by 2030
The main objective of this third discussion is to share lessons learned and best practices on designing and implementing REDD+ benefit sharing mechanisms to strengthen climate finance (including current and planned policies in Indonesia) to fund mitigation activities. The lessons learned and shared in this science-policy platform will feed not only our Knowledge Tree on REDD+ benefit sharing, but also our scenario building and modelling activities, which will be discussed in upcoming dialogues at the end of 2022 and in 2023. It is important to take stock of and build on existing efforts in each country to safeguard continuity, promote integration of efforts, and enhance the legitimacy of our results.