About

Protecting and restoring the world’s forests is essential to keeping global warming below 1.5oC. With this knowledge, the ambitious global strategy to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation known as REDD+ has been at the top of the global climate agenda since 2007, as a way to promote both climate and development benefits from forests. CIFOR’s Global Comparative Study on REDD+ (GCS REDD+) began soon after, now the largest global research programme of its kind. From national-level policy work to district- and community-specific actions, CIFOR researchers have been collecting data, sharing experiences and analyzing research to determine what has worked and what hasn’t with REDD+ across 22 countries.

Fighting deforestation is challenging and complex. GCS REDD+ builds on 27 years of CIFOR science aimed at understanding the causes of deforestation and forest degradation, and what can be done to stop it, while securing the rights and livelihoods of indigenous peoples and local communities.

Research themes

Effective, efficient and equitable REDD+ requires transparent and accountable forest monitoring, appropriate forest-friendly policies and actions adapted to different circumstances, as well as well-designed safeguards and benefit-sharing mechanisms. Moreover, forest-friendly policies need to balance competing policy objectives and stakeholder interests in order to support and promote transformational change.

Find out how GCS REDD+ is addressing five major global challenges with knowledge and actions.

REDD+ policies

REDD+ policies

For REDD+ to be successful, a transition away from the forces that drive, maintain and intensify business-as-usual deforestation and forest degradation is needed, both within and beyond the forestry sector.

Jurisdictional REDD+

Jurisdictional REDD+

Since 2007, more than 50 countries have launched national REDD+ initiatives; more than 40 subnational governments have committed to ‘jurisdictional approaches’; and hundreds of local REDD+ projects have been implemented globally. However, their effectiveness is still unknown.

Transparency framework

Transparency framework

The Enhanced Transparency Framework of the Paris Agreement provides a clear guideline to track progress toward achieving the nationally determined contributions (NDCs) for mitigation and adaptation and to inform the Global Stocktake. However, it represents a major challenge to many tropical countries.

Social inclusion and safeguards

Social inclusion and safeguards

Different REDD+ safeguard standards now exist. How different are they and what would it take for national and subnational jurisdictions to meet them? How can we encourage ambition to support the rights of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities (IPLCs) as well as women?

REDD+ benefit sharing

REDD+ benefit sharing

As REDD+ finance increases, improved transparency, accountability and equity of the revenue flows from current and prospective REDD+ benefit-sharing mechanisms can help foster confidence among stakeholders and create political support for further investments in tropical forests.

Countries

Indonesia DR Congo Brazil Peru
20 Dec 2022

Forest carbon market: Post COP27 and transformative pathway for Vietnam

8:00am – 12:00pm GMT+7, Melia Hotel, Hanoi and online
06 Dec 2022

Policy Network Analysis (PNA) for Forest Governance

9:30 – 12:30 pm (GMT -5), NOS PUCP, San Isidro, Lima
05 Dec 2022

How do public policies impact deforestation? New global view from the archetypes of deforestation

3:00 – 5:00 pm (GMT -5), Aulario, Campus of the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (PUCP), Lima

Funding partners

    Phase 3