Understanding Relationships between Biodiversity, Carbon, Forests and People: The Key to Achieving REDD+ Objectives

Geographical coverage

Geographical scale of the assessment Global
Country or countries covered
Any other necessary information or explanation for identifying the location of the assessment, including site or region name

This assessment focusses on most regions of the world in which REDD+ activities would be implemented, i.e., developing countries (non-Annex I Parties to the UNFCCC). Although the countries in which REDD+ activities may be undertaken include tropical, sub-tropical and temperate ecological zones, the study focusses on the forest types within the tropical and sub-tropical domains only, according to the FAO classification.

Conceptual framework, methodology and scope

Assessment objectives

The study provides a comprehensive assessment of scientific knowledge regarding the relationship between biodiversity, forest management and REDD+.

Mandate for the assessment

The mandate for the assessment was given by the Collaborative Partnership on Forests in its Terms of Reference for the Expert Panel on Biodiversity, Forest Management and REDD+.

Conceptual framework and/or methodology used for the assessment

Other (please specify)

Global Forest Expert Panels Initiative of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests

URL or copy of conceptual framework developed or adapted


System(s) assessed

  • Forest and woodland

Species groups assessed

Ecosystem services/functions assessed


  • Food
  • Water
  • Timber/fibres
  • Genetic resources
  • Medicinal resources
  • Ornamental resources
  • Energy/fuel


  • Climate regulation

Supporting Services/Functions

Cultural Services

Scope of assessment includes

Drivers of change in systems and services


Impacts of change in services on human well-being


Options for responding/interventions to the trends observed


Explicit consideration of the role of biodiversity in the systems and services covered by the assessment


Timing of the assessment

Year assessment started


Year assessment finished


If ongoing, year assessment is anticipated to finish

Periodicity of assessment

One off

Assessment outputs

Communication materials (e.g. brochure, presentations, posters, audio-visual media)


Journal publications

Training materials

Other documents/outputs

Tools and processes

Tools and approaches used in the assessment

Process used for stakeholder engagement in the assessment process and which component

Key stakeholder groups engaged

The number of people directly involved in the assessment process


Incorporation of scientific and other types of knowledge

  • Scientific information only

Supporting documentation for specific approaches, methodology or criteria developed and/or used to integrate knowledge systems into the assessment

Assessment reports peer reviewed



Accessibility of data used in assessment

Report is based on published scientific litterature.

Policy impact

Impacts the assessment has had on policy and/or decision making, as evidenced through policy references and actions

Independent or other review on policy impact of the assessment


Lessons learnt for future assessments from these reviews

Capacity building

Capacity building needs identified during the assessment

Actions taken by the assessment to build capacity

Network and sharing experiences, Sharing of data/repatriation of data

How have gaps in capacity been communicated to the different stakeholders

Knowledge generation

Gaps in knowledge identified from the assessment

How gaps in knowledge have been communicated to the different stakeholders

Additional relevant information