Understanding Relationships between Biodiversity, Carbon, Forests and People: The Key to Achieving REDD+ Objectives. A global assessment report
John Parrotta, Christoph Wildburger, Stephanie Mansourian (eds)
IUFRO World Series vol. 31, 2012 | ISBN: 978-3-902762-17-7

This assessment report evaluates the implications of forest and land management interventions envisaged under REDD+ in a multidimensional and integrated fashion. It summarizes the most current scientific literature that sheds light on the relationships between forest biodiversity and carbon (and other ecosystem services), how these complex relationships may be affected by management activities implemented to achieve REDD+ objectives, the potential synergies and tradeoffs between and among environmental and socio-economic objectives, and their relationship to governance issues. Based on the main findings of the assessment (summarized in Chapter 6), a policy brief entitled ‘REDD+, Biodiversity and People: Opportunities and Risks’ has been prepared especially for policy- and decision-makers. The report starts with the ecological fundamentals of forests as they relate to biodiversity, carbon sequestration and other ecosystem services. It then explores the different forest management options under REDD+ and seeks to highlight their main biodiversity and carbon impacts. It then considers the socio-economic dimension of these forest-related interventions and finally reviews the governance underpinnings of REDD+. Download the report [pdf] … Download a policy brief on “REDD+, Biodiversity and People: Opportunities and Risks” [pdf] … Read an interview with authors on CIFOR blog …

Briefing paper on REDD+, Rights and Indigenous Peoples: Lessons from REDD+ Initiative in Asia
Christian Erni; Pasang Dolma Sherpa (Nepal, SES), Nok Ven and Bunhieng Hean (Cambodia), Luong Thi Truong; Shree Kumar Maharjan (Vietnam), Eak Bahadur Rana (Nepal, Carbon Trust Fund), Lakpa Nuri Sherpa and Joan Carling
Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) and International Work Group forIndigenous Affairs (IWGIA), 2012

Reflecting on a few piloting initiatives, this briefing paper explores how far the REDD+ countries in Asia have advanced in addressing social and environmental issues in their REDD+ strategy drafting, what experiences indigenous peoples have so far made in engaging with REDD+ in their countries, and what lessons have been learnt from that. Download the paper [pdf] …

Challenges and Prospects for REDD+ in Africa: Desk Review of REDD+ Implementation in Africa
Cheikh Mbow, David Skole, Moussa Dieng, Christopher Justice, Dominick Kwesha, Landing Mane, Mohamed El Gamri, Vincent Von Vordzogbe, Hassan Virji
Global Land Project, 2012

This report documents the current state of forests in Africa and strategies for REDD+ implementation, identifying forest degradation as one of Africa’s biggest contributors to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The report underscores the political and institutional challenges facing REDD+, as well as technical challenges, social and economic challenges, and resources and funding issues. It examines: managing trade-offs between sectors; managing incentives; land access and tenure rights; and resourcing and funding issues. It also addresses social benefits, including issues related to the consent and adhesion of local communities and distribution of benefits. Download the report [pdf] …