The UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre plays a central role in the delivery of the UN-REDD Programme work on multiple benefits, through an Internal Cooperation Agreement with DEPI. The Centre is the biodiversity assessment and biodiversity policy support arm of UNEP, and has been in operation for over 25 years. It provides objective, scientifically rigorous products and services to help decision makers recognize the value of biodiversity and ecosystem services, and apply this knowledge to all that they do.

For the UN-REDD programme, UNEP-WCMC is working with pilot countries on tools, guidance and analyses on ecosystem-based benefits. These benefits from REDD+ arise from the maintenance of forest ecosystems that would otherwise have been degraded or lost. Which benefits are generated and the identity of the beneficiaries will be shaped by the social and institutional context in which REDD+ is implemented. In addition to working with national REDD teams, UNEP-WCMC is collaborating with UNDP and others to address these social and institutional aspects.

Published materials on REDD+, multiple benefits and related topics may be found at the following websites:

UN-REDD Programme website on multiple benefits

Launched at CBD COP on 18 October 2010, and being maintained with new materials including links to documents hosted on this site. Please visit

Social and Environmental Principles and Criteria

Version 4 welcomed by Policy Board 8 in March 2012, as a guiding framework for UN-REDD work on multiple benefits. See

Carbon, biodiversity & ecosystem services: exploring co-benefits

UNEP-WCMC, with support from the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN), launched this site in May 2010 to highlight the potential for actions on reducing emissions from land use change to secure additional important benefits for biodiversity and ecosystem services (co-benefits). The website demonstrates the utility of spatial analyses to assist decision makers in identifying areas where high carbon, high biodiversity priority, and ecosystem service values overlap, which represent opportunities for securing co-benefits. It showcases recent work with in-country partners on developing such analyses and includes an interactive mapping tool that allows users to explore the spatial relationships between carbon and co-benefits.

To access the website and interactive tool, please go to