Next big idea in forest conservation? Learning from innovations to make REDD+ work

13 June 2014

A scientist at the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) in Brazil, Dr. Amy Duchelle coordinates research on the effectiveness, efficiency, equity, and co-benefits of REDD+ initiatives at the sub-national level in Latin America as part of CIFOR's Gloal Comparative Study on REDD+.

REDD, or Reducing Emmisions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation, is by not a new program. It was founded in the 90s with the aim of creating a financial value for the carbon stored in forests and offering incentives for developing countries to invest in sustainable development.

"The most exciting thing that I see happening in conservation are the 'messy' multi-stakeholder processes being led by governments at multiple levels towards reducing deforestation in their jurisdictions," Duchelle told Since its inception, however, REDD has had its ups and downs.

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