Science for Policy

2021-11-05

GLF Climate: 10 Years of REDD+: Outcomes and Socio-Ecological Impacts

10 years after the publication of the global assessment report on Biodiversity, Forest Management, and REDD+, IUFRO's Global Forest Expert Panels (GFEP) Programme is currently preparing a follow-up study to update the latest available knowledge on the effects of REDD+ implementation.


The study addresses questions such as i) How have the governance and operationalization of REDD+ changed in the last years? ii) What are the outcomes and influences of REDD+ implementation on carbon? iii) What are the influences of REDD+ implementation on biodiversity, livelihoods, and well-being? and iv) What are the challenges (including trade-offs) and lessons learnt from REDD+ implementation?

In light of the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26), the preliminary findings of this study on the outcomes and socio-ecological impacts of REDD+ on forests, carbon, biodiversity, and people over the last ten years was recently shared at the Global Landscape Forum (GLF) Climate.

The preliminary evidence shows that REDD+ holds the potential to capture carbon and stop deforestation as well as other positive synergies in the intersection of climate-nature-livelihood. However, there is an increasingly complex governance and finance around its implementation. Although promising, REDD+ has not delivered an easy solution. More could be achieved by monitoring and contesting the existing distribution of power, engaging different actors and adapting solutions to the local contexts.

Watch the video here:  https://youtu.be/Q3S3CK7bul8  


Further reading

Global Assessment Report on Biodiversity, Forest Management, and REDD+:  https://www.iufro.org/science/gfep/gfep-initiative/panel-on-bfmr/
Follow-up Study on Biodiversity, Forest Management, and REDD+ 2021:  https://www.iufro.org/science/gfep/follow-up-studies/biodiversity-forest-management-and-redd-2021/

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