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New Report on Economics of Forest Carbon Projects

With support from the UN-REDD Programme, the UNEP Risø Centre recently released a report looking at the economics of forest carbon projects and private sector involvement in REDD+.

The new publication entitled, “Economics of forests and forest carbon projects – Translating lessons learned into national REDD+ implementation,” funded by the UN-REDD Programme, tackles the issue of the economics of forest carbon projects and the perspectives of private sector REDD+ investors. It strives to provide advice to policymakers and project developers on how to attract private and/or public investments for their forest and REDD+ initiatives.

The publication recognizes the need to find ways to overcome the barriers which carbon forest projects face when seeking finance. Making it easier for these types of projects to attract finance will have a large impact on the development and stabilization of carbon markets or crediting schemes for forest projects alike. In addition, it will contribute to guide the financial aspects of national REDD+ policies and initiatives.

The report uses a case study approach to extract lessons learned from eight carbon forest projects from Africa, Asia and Latin America. The analysis and comparison of the selected carbon forest projects investigate what characteristics make a project successful, especially focusing on the capacity of attracting finance – public, private or a combination of both. The business models and involvement of stakeholders also provide insight into success factors in terms of the set-up of forest and forest carbon projects.

The report provides advice on actions that countries, governments and project developers can take to increase the attractiveness of their projects. Based on the report findings, the largest barrier to finance is the perceived high risk of forest and carbon projects.  The report suggest the development of national REDD+ strategies combined with a mix of public and private financing to reduce the risk exposure of the private sector and thereby incentivize the participation of the sector.





In this issue


Solomon Islands and Pakistan Move Forward with their National REDD+ Roadmaps

DRC Shares Lessons with Tanzania on Forest Monitoring Systems for REDD+

UN-REDD Partner Countries Increase their REDD+ Technical Expertise

Indonesia and UN-REDD to Host Global Symposium on REDD+ in a Green Economy

UN-REDD Launches Independent Evaluation of National Programme in Panama

UN-REDD Underscores Tenure as a Success Factor for REDD+

Features & Commentary

Cambodia’s REDD+ Pilot Projects Contribute to Settlement of Forest Disputes
By: Heang Thy

UN-REDD Launches Guidelines on Free, Prior and Informed Consent for REDD+
By: Gaya Sriskanthan

Moving from Global Advocacy to Country-level Actions on Anti-Corruption for REDD+
By: Estelle Fach and Tsegaye Lemma

Understanding REDD+ and FLEGT Linkages Through Country Experiences
By: Emelyne Cheney and Marjo Maidell

Reports & Analysis

Latest UN-REDD Policy Brief Now Available in French and Spanish

Call for Comments on UN Guide to Support Respect of Indigenous Peoples’ Rights by Private Sector

New Report on Economics of Forest Carbon Projects

New Go-REDD+ Issue Links REDD+ with Poverty Reduction

Looking ahead

FPIC and Anti-Corruption workshop with COICA
7 April, 2013: Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia

REDD+ Safeguards and Conflict Resolution workshop
9-13 April, 2013: Paraguay

Multiple Benefits Mapping workshop
8-24 April, 2013: Dar es Salaam and Morogoro, Tanzania

Latin America National Forest Monitoring System workshop
23-26 April, 2013: Tena, Ecuador

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