Effective research on forests and climate change mitigation
Providing evidence, tools and analysis to support REDD+ policy making
Accounting for 10% of all greenhouse gas emissions globally, deforestation represents a major contributor to climate change. In an effort to tackle this problem, many countries plan to adopt policies aimed at reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (known as REDD+).
The UN, World Bank and many donors support REDD+ pilot initiatives in developing countries. With more than 330 REDD+ initiatives underway there are many varied approaches to the issue.
“CIFOR’s step-wise approach has become the main method used to guide countries to improve their capacity to carry out REDD+ programs.”
Since 2008, CIFOR’s Global Comparative Study on REDD+ has examined this experience in 15 tropical forest countries. Researchers have studied how REDD policy is made; analyzed the media debates about it; investigated the effects of REDD+ pilot projects on people’s livelihoods and forest carbon; studied how baselines, monitoring and accounting systems are established; and examined the ways REDD+ is integrated with broader development objectives.
In 2014 and 2015, a team from the Overseas Development Institute, Royal Roads University and CIFOR carried out a joint evaluation of the Global Comparative Study of REDD+. According to the report, released in October 2015, CIFOR’s research provided key recommendations that informed the international climate negotiations towards a global REDD+ agreement; was used in the design and implementation of national-level REDD+ activities, and helped increase the efficiency and effectiveness of national-level REDD+ policies in several countries.
CIFOR is now recognized as a top source of sound evidence, integrated analysis and tools to help policy makers and practitioners design REDD+ mechanisms that are effective, efficient and equitable, and that are integrated with other development objectives.
REDD+ initiatives globally
papers produced to date from the Global Comparative Study
Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland
Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad)
CIFOR envisions a more equitable world where forestry and landscapes enhance the environment and well-being for all.
CIFOR advances human well-being, environmental conservation and equity by conducting research to help shape policies and practices that affect forest landscapes in developing countries. CIFOR is a member of the CGIAR Consortium. Our headquarters are in Bogor, Indonesia, with offices in Asia, Africa and Latin America.
Research for impact
CIFOR leads the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry.