REDD+ Learning Sessions

The WWF Forest and Climate Programme's online Learning Sessions are free and designed to leverage and share REDD+ knowledge and expertise. Every month, we invite a REDD+ expert to present a webinar on a key issue, so that REDD+ practitioners around the globe can have access to the latest information related to REDD+. 
 
To watch an archived Learning Session or to register for an upcoming webinar, please click on a link below.
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Local community members in Mai-Ndombe, DRC receive computer training on MRV.
© Julie Pudlowski/WWF

Learning Session 25: What Drives Deforestation and What Stops It?

 / ©: Mark Edwards / WWF-Canon
Plantation company clearing burnt rainforest prior to planting Oil palm trees (Elaesis guineensis) near Bukit Tigapuluh Nature Reserve, Sumatra, Indonesia
© Mark Edwards / WWF-Canon
Thursday, August 28 at 12pm EDT 

In this session, Jonah Busch, a research fellow with the Center for Global Development, will discuss a recent publication, 'What Drives Deforestation and What Stops It? A Meta-Analysis of Spatially Explicit Econometric Studies,' co-authored with Kalifi Ferretti-Gallon. While some findings from the research confirm conventional wisdom, for example, that building roads worsens deforestation, the analysis also shows that contrary to popular belief, factors such as poverty, rising incomes from economic development, and strengthening land tenure, do not necessarily have the expected impacts on deforestation. Jonah will discuss how these findings have important implications for REDD+ and how deliberate policies coupled with financial incentives can slow, halt, and eventually reverse the loss of the world’s remaining tropical forests.

Learning Session 24: ‘Deforestation Success Stories’ and the Role of REDD+

 / ©: Courtesy Pipa Elias
Pipa Elias
© Courtesy Pipa Elias
This is an archive of the session that took place on Tuesday, July 15, 2014.

In this webinar, Pipa Elias, a REDD+ expert and forest policy consultant for the Union of Concerned Scientists presents their recent publication, 'Deforestation Success Stories'. Pipa focuses on how factors such as REDD+ policy, payments for ecosystem services, strong governance and establishing moratoria contributed to slowing down the pace of deforestation in Guyana, Brazil, Kenya, Madagascar, Costa Rica, and other nations. She also covers how lessons drawn from such successes can be replicated in different countries to address climate change.

LEARNING SESSION 23: Developing Allometric Equations for REDD+ MRV

 / ©: Juan Pratginestos / WWF-Canon
© Juan Pratginestos / WWF-Canon
© Juan Pratginestos / WWF-Canon
This is an archive of the session that took place on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. 

In this webinar, Rosa C. Goodman, an independent consultant working in forest conservation and sustainable management, uses the example of the southwestern Amazon to explain where and why new allometric models may need to be developed for REDD+ measurement, reporting and verification (MRV). More generally, Rosa discusses how to design an unbiased sampling strategy, go about the field work, and develop and select new models. She shows how how new models can increase accuracy for individual tree biomass estimates and change regional estimates and offer recommendations for future biomass and allometry work.

A Q+A session follows the presentation.

LEARNING SESSION 22: Making Sense of the FCPF Carbon Fund’s Methodological Framework

Tree emerging from tropical rainforest. Gunung Leuser National Park, Sumatra, Indonesia.  / ©: Alain Compost / WWF-Canon
Tree emerging from tropical rainforest. Gunung Leuser National Park, Sumatra, Indonesia.
© Alain Compost / WWF-Canon
This is an archive of the session that took place on Wednesday, April 23, 2014.

A few months ago, the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) approved the “rules document” that will guide the development and selection of large-scale REDD+ programs in 5-10 forest countries. Many view the Carbon Fund as a critically important piloting space to test the concept of results-based payments for programs that address the drivers of deforestation and degradation, and as a possible pre-cursor to a REDD+ window under the Green Climate Fund. So what do these rules look like? And what do they mean?


Learning Session 21: Supplementing REDD+ with Biodiversity Payments

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Jonah Busch
© courtesy of Jonah Busch
This is an archive of the session that took place on Wednesday, March 5, 2014. 
 
In this webinar, Jonah Busch, Research Fellow at Center for Global Development, discusses how an international REDD+ mechanism can be used to make payments for forests' biodiversity as well as for carbon emission reduction. Paradoxically, under conditions consistent with emerging REDD+ programmes, money spent on a mixture of carbon payments and biodiversity payments can incentivize the provision of greater climate benefits than an equal amount of money spent only on carbon payments.
 
A Q+A session follows the presentation.  

Learning Session 20: National and Sub-National Legal Frameworks for REDD+

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John Costenbader
© courtesy of John Costenbader
This is an archive of a session that took place on Wednesday, February 5, 2014.
 
In this presentation, John Costenbader, of Climate Focus discusses policy, law and regulatory elements necessary for successful design and implementation of REDD+. He focuses his remarks first on purely national frameworks and then considers legal issues relevant to sub-national or "nested" REDD+ opportunities. 
 
A Q+A session follows the presentation.

Learning Session 19: Environmental Service Incentives in the State of Acre, Brazil

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Environmental Service Incentives System in the State of Acre, Brazil
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This is an archive of a session that took place Wednesday, January 22, 2014

 

The Brazilian state of Acre in the Amazon -- home to the Sky Rainforest Rescue project -- is considered a global leader in defining a REDD+ policy framework. Acre's 2010 law that created the Environmental Service Incentives System (SISA in Portuguese), sets out a framework for valuing a range of ecosystem services. Its REDD+ programme, ISA Carbon, is the most developed component of the SISA to date. 

 

In this webinar, Anthony Anderson, Senior Specialist in Forests and Climate at WWF-Brazil, discusses the design and early institutional structure of ISA Carbon and identifies its strengths and challenges, based on a report recently released in English and Portuguese, Environmental service incentives in the state of Acre, Brazil: Lessons for policies, programmes and strategies for jurisdiction-wide REDD+.  Monica Julissa De Los Rios de Leal, Director of the Institute of Climate Change (IMC) of the Brazilian State of Acre also provides an update on the current status of REDD+ work in the area. 

 
 

Learning Session 18: REDD+ at UNFCCC COP19, Outcomes and Next Steps

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UNFCCC COP19, Warsaw, Poland, 2013.
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This is an archive of a session that took place Thursday, December 5, 2013.
 
In this webinar, Josefina Brana-Varela, Policy Director of WWF's global Forest and Climate Programme; Hermine Kleymann, Program Officer for REDD Policy at WWF-Germany; and John O. Niles, Director for Climate and Forests with WWF-US, discuss REDD+ outcomes from the recent UNFCCC COP19 climate change talks in Warsaw, Poland and outline potential next steps. 

A Q+A session follows the presentation.

Learning Session 17: REDD+ Finance

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Forest finance
© WWF
This is an archive of a session that took place Wednesday, December 4, 2013.

In this learning session, Berta Pesti, a Technical Advisor on national REDD+ funds for the UNDP UN-REDD Programme gives an overview of the operational modalities of REDD+ financial arrangements at the national level. She will also discuss some topline lessons learned from REDD+ finance work so far. In addition, Jacinto Coello of the UNEP Finance Initiative  shares perspectives on private sector results-based payments.

A Q+A session follows the presentation.

Learning Session 16: Expectations for REDD+ at UNFCCC COP 19

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UNFCCC intercessional, Bonn, 2013.
© Creative Commons: UNFCCC, 2013
This is an archive of the session that took place on Wednesday, November 6, 2013.
 
In this learning session, Josefina Braña Varela, Policy Director of WWF's Forest and Climate Programme, and John O. Niles, Director of Climate and Forests at WWF-US, discuss the main challenges and opportunities for REDD+ at UNFCCC-COP19 in Warsaw, Poland. 
 
The presentation covers the issues for discussion under the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) including technical assessment for reference levels and MRV as well as the joint SBSTA/Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) process and the COP Work Program.
 
A Q+A session follows the presentation.

Learning Session 15: REDD+ and Biodiversity Conservation

 / ©: Matea Osti, by permission.
Matea Osti
© Matea Osti, by permission.
This webinar took place October 23, 2013

In this learning session, Matea Osti, a Programme Officer for Climate Change and Biodiversity at the UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre, discusses the interplay of REDD+ and biodiversity conservation on behalf of the UN-REDD Programme. 

Her presentation covers the opportunities and risks for biodiversity from REDD+, and how safeguards for biodiversity and ecosystem services may be incorporated into national-level REDD+ planning and implementation, in line with the latest agreements under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. Examples of work undertaken in this realm by REDD+ countries in collaboration with the UN-REDD Programme are presented, in particular, work on spatial analysis to inform decisions on REDD+ and biodiversity conservation. 

A Q+A session follows the presentation.

Learning Session 14: A Framework for Defining and Monitoring Forest Degradation

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Ian Thompson
© Ian Thompson

This is an archive of the session that took place on Tuesday, September 24, 2013.

In this learning session, Dr. Ian Thompson, a research scientist with the Canadian Forest Service, discusses his recent co-authored publication, An Operational Framework for Defining and Monitoring Forest Degradation. The work was conducted with an international group as requested by the Collaborative Partnership in Forests, which includes several United Nations organizations, such as FAO, CBD and UNFF. In this paper, the co-authors suggest that degradation must be measured against multiple criteria that represent the various ways by which a forest can be considered as degraded. 

This presentation helps REDD+ practitioners, and those working on MRV in particular, to learn more about the importance of also measuring degradation against baseline conditions. It also highlights five basic criteria that relate to the drivers of degradation, loss of ecosystem services and sustainable management: productivity, biodiversity, unusual disturbances, protective functions and carbon storage. Several indicators for each are also proposed. 

A Q+A session follows the presentation.

 

Learning Session 13: Implementing REDD+ at a National Scale

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Peter Iversen, UN-REDD Technical Specialist
© Peter Iversen

This is an archive of the session that took place on Wednesday, August 21, 2013.

In this learning session, Peter Iversen discusses complications of and potential solutions for implementing REDD+ at a national scale. 

His presentation covers some of the issues countries and REDD+ project developers should be aware of in order to avoid that REDD+ projects will be barriers for moving to national level REDD+ implementation. This is based on his 10 years of experience in the UNFCCC process as a negotiator and his work in Cambodia for the UN-REDD programme. 

A Q+A session follows the presentation.



 * Peter presents in a personal capacity based on his years of REDD+ experience, not on behalf of REDD+ Cambodia or UN-REDD.

Learning Session 12: REDD+ at Bonn: Outcomes and Next Steps for UNFCCC COP 19

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Bonn climate talks, 2013.
© Creative Commons: Sebastien Duck, Adopt-a-Negotiator

In this webinar, Josefina Braña Varela, Policy Director of WWF's Forest and Climate Initiative, discusses REDD+ outcomes from the recent UNFCCC Bonn climate meeting. She also outlines potential next steps for REDD+ at the upcoming UNFCCC COP 19 in Warsaw in November.  


Users are invited to post follow up questions to the free REDD+ Community online learning platform at http://reddcommunity.org/content/questions-july-17-2013-webinar-redd-bonn.

Photo credit - Creative Commons: Sebastien Duck, Adopt-a-Negotiator

Learning Session 11: Good Practices for Assessing Accuracy and Estimating Area of Remotely Sensed Change Maps

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Dr. Pontus Olofsson, research assistant professor in the Department of Geography and Environment at Boston University.
© Pontus Olofsson
This is an archive of a webinar that took place Friday, June 7th, 2013.

REDD+ Monitoring Reporting and Verification (MRV) managers and policy makers often combine forest cover data from various remotely sensed sources to produce forest monitoring maps. However, it can be a challenge to keep track of accuracy estimates in these maps that have such diverse sources and conditions. 

In this learning session, Dr. Pontus Olofsson, research assistant professor in the Department of Geography and Environment at Boston University, addresses the fundamental protocols required to produce scientifically rigorous and transparent estimates of accuracy and area. The set of good practice recommendations provides guidelines to assist both scientists and practitioners in the design and implementation of accuracy assessment and area estimation methods applied to land change assessments using remote sensing. 

A Q+A session follows the presentation.

Learning Session 10: REDD+ Lessons Learned and Best Practices: Tools and guidelines for effective knowledge sharing

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Maria Jose Pacha, WWF Forest and Climate Initiative Knowledge Sharing and Learning Manager.
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This is an archive of a webinar that took place Tuesday, April 23 at 10:00 EDT/1600 CET

In this learning session, WWF Forest and Climate Initiative Knowledge Sharing Manager Maria Jose Pacha guides us through a number of new tools and resources available to REDD+ practitioners seeking to identify, capture and share lessons learned that promote successful initiatives.

Participants learn about the newly launched REDDcommunity.org, a free, innovative platform that gives users the ability to connect with others working on REDD+, access technical information, share their experiences and learn from others around the globe.

A new learning manual which provides tools and step-by-step guidelines for collecting and sharing REDD+ lessons learned, is also introduced.

A Q+A session will follow the presentation. 

Learning Session 9: Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES) and REDD+

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Local community member in Peruvian Amazon.
© Diego Perez/WWF
This is an archive of a free REDD+ Learning Session held on Wednesday, March 27, 2013.
 
National and jurisdictional REDD+ strategies often include payments to land owners and local communities for reducing emissions. Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES) has been in existence for the last 15 years and can provide many valuable lessons for REDD+, not only regarding the payment allocation, but also in terms of monitoring systems, institutional arrangements and contract options. 
 
This webinar includes a presentation by Pablo Gutman, Senior Director, Environmental Economics at WWF-US, on PES and the pros, cons and major issues of translating PES to REDD+. Josefina Braña-Varela, Policy Director for WWF’s Forest and Climate Initiative, also shares PAS lessons learned in Mexico that can be applied to REDD+. 
 
A Q+A session follows the presentations. 
 
 

Learning Session 8: Ensuring social safeguards in REDD+

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Minnie Degawan
© Minnie Degawan
This is an archive of a webinar that took place Thursday, February 14, 2013.
 
Minnie Degawan, WWF Forest and Climate Initiative Adviser on Social Safeguards, discusses the importance of social safeguards in making REDD+ work and how to move from planning for safeguards to actual implementation. She also provides an overview of how to know if social safeguards are being applied effectively, and walks us through some examples of free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) case studies from the field.  

A Q+A session follows the presentation. 

Learning Session 7: Satellite Data for REDD+ MRV

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Aurelie Shapiro, Remote Sensing Specialist with WWF Germany
© Aurelie Shapiro

This is an archive of a webinar that took place Wednesday, January 30th, 2013.

Aurélie Shapiro, Remote Sensing Specialist with WWF Germany, takes us through an overview of satellite data for REDD+ MRV. Learn about a number of data sources available specifically for REDD+ MRV, how to select imagery based on timing resolution, and how to budget for imagery for forest mapping and monitoring. 

The webinar also includes a spotlight on RapidEye, an imagery resource that can help provide data for REDD+ MRV. 

A Q + A session follows the presentation. 
 

Note:  RapidEye is one of a variety of resources available for satellite imagery, and our inclusion of it in this webinar does not necessarily constitute or imply its endorsement by WWF. 

Learning Session 6: REDD+ at UNFCCC-COP18, Outcomes and Next Steps

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Bruce Cabarle at the COICA side event, UNFCCC-COP18.
© WWF/Jennifer Ferguson-Mitchell
This is an archive of a webinar that took place Wednesday, December 12th, 2012. In this webinar, Bruce Cabarle, Leader of WWF's international Forest and Climate Initiative, discusses REDD+ outcomes from the recent UNFCCC-COP18 climate change talks in Doha, Qatar and outlines potential next steps. 
 
For more information on WWF's REDD+ related free webinars, visit www.panda.org/forestclimate

Learning Session 5: Expectations for REDD+ at UNFCCC-COP18

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Forests.
© WWF Colombia / Juan Carlos ESPINOSA
In this webinar, Bruce Cabarle, Leader of WWF's international Forest and Climate Initiative, introduces the main challenges and opportunities that UNFCCC-COP18 will have for REDD+. Other experts also highlight REDD+ expectations and asks on the key topics of MRV, Finance and Reference Levels.
 

Learning Session 4: Relevance of consultation and FPIC to REDD+

 / ©: WWF-Canon / JAMES FRANCHMAN
Indigenous kids, Peru.
© WWF-Canon / JAMES FRANCHMAN
The learning session tackles, in regards to REDD+, the rationale and need of enacting social safeguards accordingly with the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) along with emerging good practices regarding social safeguards' implementation.
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Learning Session 3: MRV what do you need to know to make the right decision?

 / ©: Jennifer Ferguson-Mitchell / WWF
Dr. Naikoa Aguilar-Amuchastegui in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
© Jennifer Ferguson-Mitchell / WWF
Monitoring, Reporting and Verification -- known collectively as MRV -- is one of the key elements needed to make REDD+ work at all levels. Despite of this, MRV could involve complex technical terminology that makes it difficult to understand by non-specialists. But MRV is not only about measuring carbon, it also involves issues that can affect international policy and the REDD+ framework. In this learning session the basic information that you need to know to make an informed decision will be presented in a non-technical way.

Learning Session 2: Community management planning and REDD+

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Community meeting, Mai-Ndombe, DRC October 2012
© WWF/Julie Pudlowski
Local communities play an important role in landscape conservation and in achieving Zero Net Deforestation and forest Degradation (ZNDD). While planning our landscape interventions, how can we make sure that community voices are heard and their aspirations included in bigger plans? 
In this Learning Session, we explore approaches to working with communities in developing Landscape Management Plans and highlight the lessons from our recent experiences in DRC's Mai-Ndombe landscape.
 
Presenters:
  • Alexander Belokurov (WWF International) -- expert in landscape conservation and protected areas.
  • Liza Higgins-Zogib (consultant, Switzerland) -- expert in culture and development in conservation
  • Flory Botamba (WWF-DRC) -- REDD+ project leader in Mai-Ndombe

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