Linking global REDD policies with local realityLinking global REDD policies with local reality

Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation through Alternative Land-uses in Rainforests of the Tropics

Once a global deal for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD-plus) is in place, national policy makers will need to be able to design policies and incentives to influence patterns of land use change on the ground. This will require a clear understanding of the drivers of land use change, carbon stocks and changes, policy options, and local stakeholder perspectives and preferences. The REDD-ALERT project aims to generate this data in four countries and work with national stakeholders to link this knowledge to practical action. REDD-ALERT brings ASB partners together with leading European research institutions to build this knowledge.

Active ‘negotiation support’ will be needed to achieve the ‘free and prior informed consent’ that is seen as a moral imperative to agreements potentially affecting the livelihoods of people outside of the centres of political power. This project aims to make a significant contribution to the evaluation of mechanisms that translate international-level agreements into instruments that will help change the behaviour of the people on the ‘front-line’ while minimising adverse repercussions on their livelihoods.


Help develop policy options that link international commitments for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD-plus) with locally-appropriate policies and incentives that create sustainable social and ecological benefits.


Indonesia: Jambi and Lampung (Sumatra) and East Kalimantan

Viet Nam: Bac Kan (North Vietnam) and Dac Lak and Dac Nong (Central highland)

Peru: Ucayali, Peruvian Amazon

Cameroon: Nyong et So’o, Ocean, Mvila, and Valee du Ntem, southwestern Cameroon


  • Building understanding the drivers of land use change by documenting the diversity in social, cultural, economic and ecological drivers of forest transition and conservation and the consequences.
  • Quantifying and monitoring land use change, including the rates of forest conversion and change in forest carbon stocks.
  • Quantifying green house gas emissions from land use change, including improving accounting (methods, default values) of the consequences of land use change for GHG emissions in tropical forest margins including peatlands
  • Identifying and assessing viable policy options addressing the drivers of deforestation and their consistency with approaches on avoided deforestation currently being discussed in UNFCCC and other international processes.
  • Analysing scenarios in selected case study areas of the local impacts of potential international climate change policies on GHG emission reductions, land use and livelihoods.
  • Developing new negotiation support tools and using these with stakeholders at international, national and local scales to explore a suite of options for incorporating REDD into post-2012 climate agreements


REDD-ALERT is implemented by the James Hutton Institute in partnership with twelve research institutions in Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America. The collaboration builds on the ASB Partnership for the Tropical Forest Margins; member institutes are marked with *. 

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