UN-REDD Programme

Document Summary: 

Organization Profile: The UN-REDD Programme is the United Nations Collaborative Programme 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). The Programme supports nationally led REDD+ processes and promotes the informed and meaningful involvement of all stakeholders, including indigenous peoples and other forest-dependent communities, in national and international REDD+ implementation. Additionally, the programme supports national REDD+ readiness efforts in 65 partner countries ,spanning Africa, Asia-Pacific and Latin America.

With the goal to reduce forest emissions and enhance carbon stocks in forests while contributing to national sustainable development, The Programme has set  four outcomes for the 2021-2025 work programme namely:
1. Contributions of REDD+ to the mitigation of climate change as well as to the provision of additional benefits have been designed;
2. Country contributions to the mitigation of climate change though REDD+ are measured, reported and verified and necessary institutional arrangements are in place;
3. 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.
4. Support to partner countries is delivered through direct support to the design and implementation of National REDD+ Programmes, complementary tailored support to national REDD+ actions, and technical capacity building support through sharing of expertise, common approaches, analyses, methodologies, tools, data, best practices and facilitated South-South knowledge sharing.

REDD+ finance is one of the working areas of the UN REDD programme. The UN-REDD Programme has mobilized $ 1 billion US in REDD+ financing since inception, including $350 million US in results-based payments. UN-REDD is taking a two-pronged approach in this working area:

- Through UN-REDD's global reach, crowding in diverse funding sources and revenue streams for all three phases of REDD+, country by country, tailored to national circumstances and engaging the full range of in-country stakeholders; in concert with,

- At the regional and global levels, thought leadership and convening efforts, to facilitate a process of advocacy, dialogue and consensus-building that, if successful, would close more than half of the annual gap towards the Paris Agreement goals and contribute to realising the Glasgow Leaders’ Declaration On Forests And Land Use.


Financing Instruments: Technical Assistance

Project Scales: N/A

Recipient countries regions/country groups: Global


Recipient categories: Governments

Eligibility Criteria: Required to be UN-REDD+ partner countries; the UN-REDD Programme currently has 65 partner countries across Asia and the Pacific, Africa and Latin America and the Caribbean.

Application Guidelines: Requests are sent to the Secretariat of the UN-REDD Programme through a country’s National REDD+ Focal Point. The Regional UN-REDD Programme Focal Points of the three participating UN agencies (FAO, UNDP and UNEP) are available to provide any necessary support and advice in preparing the proposal and it is highly recommended that the country consults them in this regard.


Publication Date
Wednesday, 01 April 2020
Applicable location
Climate change
Sustainable land use
Forest conservation and management
Financing opportunities