Carbon, biodiversity & ecosystem services:
exploring co-benefits



The Project

The REDD-PAC project is a collaboration between the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), the National Institute for Space Research – Brazil (INPE), Instituto de Pesquisa Economica Aplicada (IPEA), Commission des forets d’Afrique Centrale/Central African Forests Commission (COMIFAC), and UNEP-WCMC.

UNEP-WCMC’s role is concerned with coordinating and managing the biodiversity elements of the project, in particular through supporting the development of the land-use model by providing input on impacts to biodiversity from different land-use policies. It’s role is also to work with the six individual countries to address biodiversity and ecosystem co-benefits from REDD+.

The project is part of the Internatioanl Climate Initiative. The Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety supports this initiative on the basis of a decision adopted by the German Bundestag

Land-Use Modeling

The REDD-PAC Project aims to support the design of national and regional REDD+ policies that safeguard and enhance ecosystem services, in particular those services distinguished by the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity. This will be achieved through the use of a global land use model (GLOBIOM) for integrated land-use modelling in member countries of the Central African Forests Commission (COMIFAC) and Brazil to assess different REDD+ policy options.

Multiple Benefits of REDD+ in Additional Countries

In addition to its work in the Congo Basin and Brazil, the REDD-PAC project is assisting six other countries with assessing the potential, and planning for multiple benefits from REDD+.

In joint work with partners in China, Peru, Philippines and Uganda, UNEP-WCMC will build capacity for, and implement spatial analyses of the relationships between carbon, biodiversity, ecosystem services and drivers of change. Such analyses are essential to underpin REDD+ scenario analyses and the development of biodiversity indicators.

Further targeted support will also be provided to Ecuador and Viet Nam, where initial spatial analyses have already been completed, but where results have not yet been applied to their full potential. For example, support may be provided in developing biodiversity indicators and monitoring systems and in broader spatial planning for climate change.

For more information on individual country work, please select a country:

Guangxi Province,China


The Philippines


Viet Nam

Project Partners