The United Nations Collaborative Programme
on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation
and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries
REDD+ Academy

Update: The first regional sessions of the UN-REDD Programme's REDD+ Academy will be held in Indonesia, Nigeria and Argentina beginning in 2014.


UN-REDD Programme1 is designing a REDD+ capacity development initiative, which can match the scale of the global climate change mitigation challenge. This ‘REDD+ Academy’ will enable systematic, focused capacity development to deliver REDD+ on the ground.

The development of the UN-REDD Programme REDD+ Academy responds to needs expressed by UN-REDD Programme partner countries for a regionally focused formal education initiative for those involved in national REDD+ programmes. Accordingly, the design of the REDD+ Academy is guided by the following principles:

  • To facilitate South-South cooperation through mentoring, institutional twinning and other mechanisms,
  • To build on existing REDD+ capacity development initiatives,
  • To ensure the delivery of a long-term and sustainable learning experience, and
  • To adopt a demand-driven, region specific approach to training tied to REDD+ implementation.

The REDD+ Academy is envisioned as a two-week course that will combine a core curriculum delivered by UN-REDD agencies and partners with regional curriculum designed and delivered by university or training institute regional partners who will host the REDD+ Academy in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The on-site course will be supported by online learning material accessible to all interested individuals.

In order to ensure on-the-ground relevance, regional REDD+ Academy design workshops are planned for each REDD+ Academy delivery region. These one-day workshops will solicit input on curriculum design and Academy participation and will facilitate the identification of priority issues for REDD+ implementation in each region.

The REDD+ Academy design and delivery will be led by a Steering Committee, which will be established in March 2014. The work of the Steering Committee will be supported by partners engaged in UN-REDD delivery and REDD+ capacity building including: UNORCID, UNITAR, CIFOR, IUFRO, the World Bank, the Climate and Development Knowledge Network, Conservation International, the Global Canopy Program, the World Wildlife Fund, and the Alliance for Global REDD+ Capacity.

Funding for the design and initial delivery of the REDD+ Academy has been provided by the Government of Norway. The UNEP UN-REDD Programme team and the UNEP Environmental Education and Training Unit/DEPI (EETU/DEPI) are coordinating the REDD+ Academy process. This will also draw upon the Global Universities Partnership on Environment and Sustainability (GUPES), which currently reaches out to over 400 Universities globally.

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1The UN-REDD Programme is the United Nations collaborative initiative on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD) in developing countries. The Programme was launched in 2008 and builds on the convening role and technical expertise of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).