From Climate Research to Action under Multilevel Governance: Building Knowledge and Capacity at Landscape Scale
As of: January 2020
Objective and activities
The overall goal was to ensure REDD+ policymakers and practitioners in target countries make decisions informed by science-based knowledge, information, analysis and tools to contribute to effective and efficient reduction of carbon emissions with equitable impacts and poverty reduction, biodiversity and livelihoods co-benefits. As a complement to CIFOR's Global Comparative Study on REDD+ at national and project levels, the project focused on REDD+ at the landscape level. Policy lessons were generated from high quality research on multilevel governance and land use decisions and carbon trade-offs at landscape levels. The emphasis on multiple governance levels and on landscapes - where policy met practice on the ground - addressed existing gaps in science that had to be addressed to guide and inform the implementation of REDD+, low carbon strategies and related adaptation options to support to multiple decision-making arenas.
State of implementation/results
- CIFOR provided information, tools and analysis and technical support to national and provincial governments in refining their REDD+ and PES strategies and developing these new guidelines. As part of this, a governance-monitoring tool was developed.
- The results of the CCBA Sustainable Landscapes Rating Tool (SLRT), a rating tool that assesses a jurisdiction’s policies and governance, were published in a Synthesis Report (www.cifor.org/… ) presented at the Global Climate Action Summit in California.
- The report was accompanied by a CIFOR blog entitled “Can a jurisdictional approach boost sustainability?” (forestsnews.cifor.org/…)
- A carbon and biomass database, as well as “CarboScen”, a global public tool available online that was built to assess carbon implications of land use scenarios were published.
- Policy briefs, publications and workshops were important elements of the project. The project produced three briefs collecting important results: 1) a summary of global research findings on multilevel governance 2) a review of three tools for governance monitoring in light of the need for increased transparency 3) an analysis of the role of subnational governments as established by the NDCs of 60 REDD+ (or with high potential for REDD+) countries.
- The publication of various of CIFOR’s research results in Spanish (country report on REDD+, plus peer reviewed journal articles and a book chapter), along with ongoing participation in meetings and fora, contributed to the debates on REDD+.
- CIFOR launched a new summary of its REDD+ research, called “Transforming REDD+”, in December 2018.
- Additionally, a study on MRV and governance was finalized in Vietnam; further studies, including an institutional analysis for REDD+ institutions, were carried out.
- The project worked closely with CSOs and media to disseminate the research findings to stakeholders broadly. The media trainings were featured on national television and in several newspaper articles (baotainguyenmoitruong.vn/…).