The REDD+ Academy is a REDD+ capacity development initiative led by the UN-REDD Programmeand the UNEP Environmental Education and Training Unit. It seeks to match the scale of the global climate change mitigation challenge and enable systematic, focused capacity development to deliver REDD+ on the ground. The REDD+ Academy forms part of the UN-REDD Programme’s Knowledge Management support to partner countries.

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Asia-Pacific National REDD+ Academy sessions
Academia REDD+ para Latinoamérica se realizó con éxito en Argentina
Latin America & Caribbean Regional REDD+ Academy successfully held in Argentina
Tim Christophersen on REDD+ Academy
Uganda's National REDD+ Academy



The main aim of the REDD+ Academy is to build the knowledge base for REDD+ readiness and implementation, in particular for REDD+ decision-makers from sectors outside of forestry/environment.

The development of the REDD+ Academy represents a comprehensive response to capacity building needs identified by UN-REDD Programme partner countries. Accordingly, the design of the REDD+ Academy is guided by the following principles:

  • Engage new REDD+ practitioners in key policy and economic sectors relevant for reducing deforestation and forest degradation;
  • Build on existing REDD+ capacity development initiatives;
  • Ensure the delivery of a long-term and sustainable learning experience;
  • Adopt a demand-driven, region specific approach to training tied to REDD+ implementation;
  • Facilitate South-South cooperation;
  • Focus on the national level: Training of Trainers (ToT) approach used during regional sessions, with the aim to cascade the REDD+ Academy to the national level;
  • Provide a core body of knowledge uniform across all regions (the 12 Learning Journals), while national sessions can be customized to address country-specific priorities. 

Format and methodology:

  • Interactive face-to-face training based on group activities and sharing of country experiences (See Facilitator’s Notes here).
  • Training of trainers (ToT) through dedicated training delivery practice sessions, aimed at providing presentation and facilitation skills (See Facilitator’s Notes and related ToT section here)
  • Partnership with United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) to develop methodology based on adult learning techniques
  • The face-to-face REDD+ Academy sessions last from 6-10 days and provide overviews of key REDD+ issues. Participation in face-to-face REDD+ Academy sessions is by invitation only and limited to participants from UN-REDD Programme partner countries, while the broader REDD+ community can to participate in the online REDD+ Academy course, launched in November 2015.

Course topics

The REDD+ Academy curriculum is structured along the Warsaw Framework for REDD+ of the UNFCCC. 

  1.     Forest, Carbon Sequestration and Climate Change 
  2.     Understanding REDD+ and the UNFCCC 
  3.     Drivers of Deforestation and Forest Degradation 
  4.     National Strategies and Action Plans
  5.     National Forest Monitoring Systems 
  6.     Forest Reference Emission Levels 
  7.     Policies and Measures (PAMs) for REDD+ Implementation 
  8.     REDD+ Safeguards under the UNFCCC 
  9.     REDD+ Finance
  10.     Approaches for Allocation of Incentives 
  11.     Introduction to Stakeholder Engagement 
  12.     Good Governance 

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The design and delivery of the REDD+ Academy is led by a Steering Committee composed of UNEP, UNDP and FAO staff. The work of the Steering Committee is supported an Advisory Group composed by partners engaged in UN-REDD Programme delivery and REDD+ capacity building including: CIFOR, Climate and Development Knowledge Network, Conservation International, Environmental Defense Fund, European Commission, Global Canopy Program, IUFRO, UNFCCC, UNITAR, UNORCID, World Bank, WWF.

Funding for the design and initial delivery of the REDD+ Academy has been provided by the Government of Norway. The UN-REDD Programme and the UNEP Environmental Education and Training Unit/DEPI (EETU/DEPI) are coordinating the REDD+ Academy process. This will also draw upon the Global Universities Partnership on Environment and Sustainability (GUPES), which currently reaches out to over 680 University partners across the globe.


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What is the REDD+ Academy?

The REDD+ Academy is a UN-REDD Programme knowledge tool that supports partner countries to develop the capacities needed to develop and implement REDD+ initiatives that realize results-based payments for results-based actions.

How can I take part in the REDD+ Academy?

Participation in the face-to-face sessions is by invitation-only for UN-REDD Programme partner countries. The online version of the REDD+ Academy is open to all REDD+ practitioners worldwide and can be accessed here.

What topics are covered in the REDD+ Academy sessions?

Twelve key REDD+ topics have been identified through a series of REDD+ Academy design workshops held in 2014 in Asia-Pacific, Africa and LAC, involving 80 participants from 35 UN-REDD partner countries, as well as representatives of IPs and CSOs, Norway, and UNDP, UNEP and FAO. Following these consultations, the REDD+ Academy curriculum includes the following topics:

  1. Forest, Carbon Sequestration and Climate Change (access the Learning Journal here.
  2. Understanding REDD+ and the UNFCCC (access the Learning Journal here.
  3. Drivers of Deforestation and Forest Degradation (access the Learning Journal here)
  4. National Strategies and Action Plans (access the Learning Journal here)
  5. National Forest Monitoring Systems (access the Learning Journal here)
  6. Forest Reference Emission Levels (access the Learning Journal here)
  7. Policies and Measures (PAMs) for REDD+ Implementation (access the Learning Journal here)
  8. REDD+ Safeguards under the UNFCCC (access the Learning Journal here)
  9. REDD+ Finance (access the Learning Journal here)
  10. Approaches for Allocation of Incentives (access the Learning Journal here)
  11. Introduction to Stakeholder Engagement (access the Learning Journal here)
  12. Good Governance (access the Learning Journal here)

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