Carbon, biodiversity & ecosystem services:
exploring co-benefits

The UN-REDD Programme

The UN-REDD Programme, a collaborative partnership between FAO, UNDP and UNEP, was created in response to, and in support of, the UNFCCC decision on REDD at COP 13 and the Bali Action Plan. The Programme supports countries to develop capacity to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation and to implement a future REDD mechanism in a post-2012 climate regime. It builds on the convening power of its participating UN agencies, their diverse expertise and vast networks, and "delivers as One UN".

The first set of nine UN-REDD Programme pilot countries are Democratic Republic of the Congo, Tanzania, Zambia; Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Viet Nam, Bolivia, Panama and Paraguay. As of February 2010, the UN-REDD Programme Policy Board had granted observer status to 13 other countries: Kenya, Nigeria, Republic of Congo, Sudan, Cambodia, Nepal, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Philippines, Argentina, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Mexico.

UNEP-WCMC is supporting UNEP's role in the UN-REDD Programme by providing technical input on ecosystem co-benefits and Measuring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) for REDD+. We also work with individual UN-REDD countries to address biodiversity and ecosystem co-benefits from REDD+.