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The work of the UN-REDD Programme is guided by its 2016-2020 Strategic Framework, with the goal to reduce forest emissions and enhance carbon stocks in forests while contributing to national sustainable development.



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Theory of Change

The Programme's strategic framework is underpinned by these critical path assumptions that form the basis for its theory of change:

  • Political commitments are made to REDD+ within the UNFCCC and are consistent with national sustainable development strategies.

  • Political will and finance are available to support the implementation of REDD+ policies and measures, including investment and incentive payments to tackle the drivers of deforestation and forest degradation.

  • There is willingness to engage in comprehensive multi-stakeholder consultative processes at national level, seeking sustainable natural resource management solutions.


GHG emissions from forests will be reduced and carbon stocks will be enhanced while at the same time sustainable, equitable, low carbon development paths will be identified and put into practice.


In order to realize its goal and target impacts, the Programme has set three outcomes and supporting outputs for its 2016-2020 work programme:


Contributions of REDD+ to the mitigation of climate change as well as to the provision of additional benefits have been designed.

Countries have developed technically and economically sound national REDD+ strategies and/or action plans involving the active participation of a wide range of stakeholders, with political support and integrated within national development planning processes.


REDD+ countries have developed an approach to addressing and respecting the Cancun safeguards agreed under the UNFCCC and to providing information on this through a safeguards information system.


Countries have been able to enhance social and environmental benefits where desired, through in-depth and stakeholder-validated spatial and economic analysis of REDD+ in conjunction with the NS/AP, thereby demonstrating the scope for these benefits in terms of food, water and energy security and contributing to a transition to a green economy.


Country contributions to the mitigation of climate change though REDD+ are measured, reported and verified and necessary institutional arrangements are in place.

Countries have developed a NMFS that allow them to collect information to fulfill the MRV requirements of the UNFCCC (in terms of carbon emission reductions, carbon stocks and carbon sinks in t/CO2eq).


Countries have estimated FREL/FRL and submitted thisto the UNFCCC in accordance with requirements specified in order to access results-based payments under UNFCCC financing mechanisms.


Countries produce estimates of emissions and removals associated with their REDD+ activities that are consistent with their FREL/FRL and their land-use GHG inventories, and fulfil all UNFCCC requirements.


REDD+ contributions to the mitigation of climate change are implemented and safeguarded with policies and measures that constitute results-based actions, including the development of appropriate and effective institutional arrangements.

REDD+ policies and measures have been implemented in selected countries, generating emissions reductions while capturing lessons learned for subsequent improvement of the NS/APs.


Countries’ national institutional arrangements are put in place to access and disburse REDD+ finance.


Countries have operationalized the Cancun safeguards – as enshrined in existing or strengthened policies, laws and regulations (PLRs) and implemented through existing institutional arrangements – in addition to demonstrating how the safeguards are addressed and respected in a summary of information submitted to the UNFCCC.

Cross-cutting Themes 
Four cross-cutting themes have been identified as being particularly significant in order to ensure that the outcomes and outputs of the Programme will achieve results as desired: