UN-REDD Programme

Panama @FAO/R.M. HasanThe UN-REDD Programme was launched in 2008 and builds on the convening role and technical expertise of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, 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 involvement of all stakeholders, including Indigenous Peoples and other forest-dependent communities, in national and international REDD+ implementation.

The Programme supports national REDD+ readiness efforts in 56 partner countries, spanning Africa, Asia-Pacific and Latin America, through direct support to individual countries in the design and implementation of UN-REDD National Programmes and targeted support upon request on thematic areas such National Forest Monitoring System (NFMS) and Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV), national strategies, governance, distribution of benefits and safeguards.

FAO within the UN-REDD Programme

Vietnam ©FAO/BaliellasFAO’s technical expertise in forestry makes it a trusted technical partner to provide support to countries in developing their capacities to build robust national monitoring forest systems for REDD+ that also provide broader monitoring needs for sustainable development. It supports countries on how to gather information on safeguards as well as Safeguard Information System design, governance assessments, advice on land tenure regimes and legal preparedness and identification of best practices for sustainable forest management.

FAO’s main activities within the UN-REDD Programme include:

  • Helping to build institutional capacity by providing technical assistance in countries and developing tools to support the design and implementation of multipurpose forest inventories that also include forest carbon estimates in the context of REDD+ readiness.
  • Developing tools, technical documents addressing different components/steps for the construction of Forest Reference Emission Levels/Forest Reference Levels in accordance with decisions from the UNFCCC.
  • Generating knowledge through manuals, reference materials, toolkits and software applications (e.g. remote sensing tools and allometric equations for estimating biomass and carbon) to assist with monitoring and with national forest and greenhouse gas inventories for the forest and land-use sectors.

In addition FAO also support countries in:


Technical reports

Emerging Approaches to Forest Reference Emission Levels and/or Forest Reference Levels for REDD+

National Forest Monitoring Systems: Monitoring and Measurement, Reporting and Verification (M & MRV) in the context of REDD+ Activities 
English - Español - Français 

From tree measurement to National Forest Monitoring Systems: The use of allometric equations to estimate forest resources 

Manual for building tree volume and biomass allometric equations

UN-REDD Programme Policy Brief: Tenure and REDD+  

Legal analysis of cross-cutting issues for REDD+ implementation - Lessons learned from Mexico, Viet Nam and Zambia

Tenure of indigenous peoples territories and REDD+ as a forestry management incentive: the case of Mesoamerican countries
English - Español


MRV Series Reports

Inventory of allometric equations for estimation of above-ground tree biomass and volume in the Pacific

Inventory of allometric equations for estimating tree biomass: a database for China

Georeferenced database of tree volume and biomass allometric equations for North America  

Inventory of volume and biomass tree allometric equations for South Asia

Proceedings of the regional technical workshop on Tree Volume and Biomass Allometric Equations in South Asia 

Inventory of volume and biomass tree allometric equations for Central and South America

Proceedings of the regional technical workshop on tree volume and biomass allometric equations in South and Central America

Assessment of forest inventory approaches for REDD+ - Expert Meeting Report

Proceedings of the training workshop on the National System for Greenhouse Gas Inventory in the context of REDD+


last updated:  Wednesday, October 11, 2017