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UN-REDD Programme

The UN-REDD Programme is the United Nations collaborative initiative on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD) in developing countries. The Programme was launched in 2008 and builds on the convening role and technical expertise of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The UN-REDD Programme supports nationally-led REDD+ processes and promotes the informed and meaningful involvement of all stakeholders, including Indigenous Peoples and other forest-dependent communities, in national and international REDD+ implementation.

Support to Partner Countries
The Programme currently supports 47 partner countries spanning Africa, Asia-Pacific and Latin America, of which 16 are receiving support to National Programme activities. Click here for more information on UN-REDD National Programmes.

Global Support to National REDD+ Actions
In addition to supporting partner countries through UN-REDD National Programmes, the UN-REDD Programme also provides complementary support to countries through common approaches, analyses, methodologies, tools, data and best practices developed through the UN-REDD Global Programme. The UN-REDD Global Programme work is divided in the following six integrated work areas, designed to support country actions on REDD+:

  • Improving Guidance on Measurement, Reporting and Verification (MRV) and Monitoring
  • Increasing Stakeholder Engagement in REDD+
  • Promoting the Multiple Benefits of Forests
  • Increasing Transparency in National REDD+ Governance
  • Strengthening National Systems for Managing REDD+ Funding
  • Catalyzing Shifts to a Green Economy

Click here for more information on the UN-REDD Global Programme

Click here for more information on UN-REDD Programme donors and other partners.


Technical considerations for Forest Reference Emission Level and/or Forest Reference Level construction for REDD+ under the UNFCCC

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The aim of this document is to support countries seeking to develop a REDD+ Forest Reference Emission Level and/or Forest Reference Level (FREL/FRL) under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The document provides a structural overview of UNFCCC decisions related to FREL/FRLs, summarizing the guidance provided through these decisions and translating it into elements countries need to consider in a FREL/FRL submission to the UNFCCC.

pdf-icon Emerging approaches to Forest Reference Emission Levels and/or Forest Reference Levels for REDD+ (4888 kB)

This publication summarizes Forest Reference Level construction approaches developed by Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, the DRC, Ghana, Guyana, Mexico, Nepal, the RoC and Vietnam; the publication hopes other countries can learn from and get inspired by these pilots in FRL development. The FRLs in the publication are developed for demonstration activities but the Annex to the document also reports on UNFCCC submissions (Publication is intended to be updated with future submissions).

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