Tropical Forests: A Review

This report seeks to provide a synthesis of the current state of knowledge on the world’s tropical forests and an objective evaluation of policy responses intended to protect and nurture them. It aims to stimulate discussion within the policy communities of donor and tropical countries, companies involved in supply chains, academia, and NGOs. While not exhaustive, it draws on many recent reports, articles and peer-reviewed scientific papers, and widespread consultation with Governments, academics, the private sector and civil society. 

Author(s): Bernard Mercer, International Sustainability Unit

April 2015

Linking Smallholders to PES/REDD+: Intermediaries and Ecosystem Services Markets

Author(s): Ina Porras and Isilda Nhantumbo

February 2015

Making REDD+ Work for Communities and Forests: Three Shared Lessons for Project Designers

This report shows how the Mpingo Conservation and Development Initiative (MCDI) in southeastern Tanzania successfully involved communities in participatory forest management, Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC) certification and REDD+. The authors offer their experience and share three lessons: why you should start with quick and dirty calculations on what drives deforestation; why you need to design backwards from REDD+ market requirements; and how you can deal with some of the challenges of introducing to communities the commercial element (carbon contracts) necessary for REDD+.

Author(s): International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) & Mpingo Conservation and Development Initiative (MCDI)
Sunday, Apr 20 2014

The challenge of establishing REDD+ on the ground: Insights from 23 subnational initiatives in six countries

This study indicates that an incentive program to reduce carbon emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (known as REDD+) risks losing momentum over issues of land tenure and economic viability. The challenges, however, are surmountable, researchers say, adding that a binding international climate agreement could go a long way in bolstering the REDD+ program's prospects for mitigating climate change.

Author(s): William D. Sunderlin Andini Desita Ekaputr et al. (CIFOR Publication)
Friday, Apr 11 2014

Integrating REDD+ into a green economy transition: Opportunities and Challenges

This paper outlines a rationale for integrating REDD+ within the green economy transition and initiates thinking on how this might be achieved. It brings together the existing literature to consolidate conceptual issues, presents key examples of progress, and highlights the potential challenges and opportunities of including REDD+ in the transition to a green economy.

Author(s): Dillon Ripley Lanius, Edit Kiss, and Jan WIllem den Besten
Saturday, Jun 15 2013

Land tenure and fast-tracking REDD+: time to reframe the debate?

This report examines land tenure regimes in Nepal and Papua New Guinea, drawing on research conducted for The REDD Desk. It then assesses the general relative efficacy of legal reform as a solution to promoting land tenure security and ensuring effective REDD+ implementation.

Author(s): Anna Bolin, Leonie Lawrence and Matt Leggett
Thursday, May 09 2013