Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) is one of the key mechanisms for addressing climate change that is being debated at the international level. REDD+ is a mechanism being negotiated through the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to mitigate climate change by supporting the implementation of policies in developing countries that aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (mainly carbon dioxide) from deforestation and forest degradation.

This case study shares some early experiences and lessons from already existing projects that are implementing Payment for Ecosystems Services (PES) and how they can inform development of RE DD+ national strategies, programmes and projects. In East Africa, the RE DD+ processes and programmes are still emerging through national planning / strategy development processes and pilot projects, and give some sense of what REDD+ might look like in practice.

REDD+ stands for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation, including the role of conservation, sustainable management of forest and enhancement of carbon stocks in developing countries. This mechanism is intended to provide payments to developing countries to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from forests, and could support activities such as the conservation of existing forests, sustainable forest management and enhancing carbon stocks which may include reforestation or afforestation activities.

This Toolkit to assess proposed Benefit Sharing and Revenue Distribution Schemes of Community REDD+ Projects has been developed as part of REDD-net’s aim of strengthening the ability of community-based institutions to address REDD+ issues, with benefit sharing being a key issue in the design of equitable REDD+ policies and projects at the national and community levels. The toolkit has 5 ‘pillars’ that are important to guide discussions and decision – making related to basic aspects of a successful REDD+ benefit sharing mechanism at the community level.


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