GIS training materials and tools have been developed for use in planning REDD+ activities that deliver multiple benefits. These resources are designed to assist technical staff to undertake spatial analysis to identify areas suitable for specific REDD+ policies and measures, and which are likely to yield multiple benefits. Materials have been developed for both QGIS (open-source) and ArcGIS software, according to the needs of individual partner countries. The materials continue to be developed and tested with country partners, with tutorials shared in different languages as available. 

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This article provides links to step-by-step tutorials for QGIS and ArcGIS, and an ArcGIS toolbox and manual.  Map-based resources and outputs produced by or with individual partner countries can be found on the Multiple Benefits Country Resources Hub


Step-by-step tutorials: Using spatial information to support decisions on safeguards and multiple benefits for REDD+

(1) Open-source: QGIS 

Open-source software is released under a license that allows software to be freely used, modified, and shared ( Therefore, using open source software has great potential in building sustainable capacity and a critical mass of experts. Training materials to aid users of open-source GIS software have been produced under the UN-REDD Programme. Please check QGIS software version specified in tutorial before use:


(2) ArcGIS

 ArcGIS is familiar to many users, widely taught and preferred by some national GIS teams. See also the ArcGIS toolbox, below.


(3) Other open-source tools


Exploring Multiple Benefits mapping toolbox for ArcGIS 10.0 and 10.1


The customised ArcGIS toolbox developed at UNEP-WCMC for REDD+ multiple benefits analyses (the Exploring Multiple Benefits Mapping Toolbox) is available for ArcGIS 9.3.1, 10.0, and 10.1. It provides both novice and experienced GIS users with a series of raster analysis tools to help identify, map and understand the spatial relationship between ecosystem carbon stocks, other ecosystem services, biodiversity, land-use and pressures on natural resources. The tools are flexible, with the datasets used and resolution of the analysis being defined by the user. In the latest versions of the toolbox for ArcGIS 10.0 and 10.1, new tools focusing on water-related ecosystem services have been added.

The toolbox manual provides guidance and technical detail aimed at enabling GIS users to undertake spatial analysis for REDD+ planning and to support the creation of maps and statistical outputs, assuming that the necessary software and data are available. A future updated version of the manual will accompany the updates in the toolbox.

The toolbox was developed through work funded by both the UN-REDD Programme and the German Environment Ministry (BMUB) through its Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN).

Download toolbox (for ArcGIS version 9.3.1)
Download toolbox (for ArcGIS version 10.0)
Download toolbox (for ArcGIS version 10.1)

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


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