The UN-REDD Programme has launched a new GIS toolbox to assist in mapping the potential for multiple benefits from REDD+, together with detailed guidance on identifying, mapping and understanding the spatial relationship between ecosystem carbon stocks, other ecosystem services, biodiversity, land-use and pressures on natural resources.

The outputs of such work can support REDD+ decision-making on the location of REDD+ activities, in that they:

  • Can be adapted to specific national priorities and needs for information;
  • Provide a relatively quick-to-produce snapshot (rapid assessment) of the distribution of carbon stocks based on best available data (not a basis for carbon MRV);
  • Illustrate where REDD+ could secure biodiversity and other ecosystem services (ecosystem-based multiple benefits) in addition to maintaining carbon stocks;
  • Present the distribution of carbon stocks in relation to land-use plans and management units (such as protected areas) that countries may wish to consider when planning for REDD+;
  • Highlight where areas of importance for ecosystem-based multiple benefits may be under pressure, e.g. from deforestation or oil, gas and mining activities;
  • Identify areas of importance for biodiversity or ecosystem services that are unlikely to directly benefit from REDD+. As land-use change is reduced in REDD+ forests, some of these areas may come under additional risk of change;
  • Assist countries in identifying what spatial distribution of REDD+ activities will help to promote and support the Cancun safeguards on natural forest and biodiversity

Download toolbox (version 1.2)
Download manual (version 1): Identifying and mapping the biodiversity and ecosystem-based multiple benefits of REDD+: A step-by-step guide.