Community Forestry and REDD+

Community Forestry and REDD+

Training course on making REDD+ work for people and forests

Local people can actively contribute to REDD+ by providing forest management and monitoring services, but they need fair compensation for the vital environmental services they provide.


Community forestry prepares local people to manage forests sustainably and to thereby join in on these forest conservation efforts. Many community forestry programs also include benefit-sharing systems, which could help ensure that payments from REDD+ reach poor and marginalized groups. In addition, established community management programs can also help local people recognize if joining REDD+ is in their best interests.


Aims and Objectives

This course will explore the concepts behind REDD+, show ways that community forestry and REDD+ can be mutually reinforcing, and introduce processes for establishing a community-based approach for REDD+.


This course will enable you to:

  • Understand the role of forests in climate change mitigation, the principles of community forestry, and the principles of REDD+
  • Identify basic elements of REDD+ development
  • Practice using tools and techniques for participatory methods to facilitate REDD+
  • Improve your skills in advocating solutions to gaps in REDD+ design

Who Should Attend?

Practitioners, field managers, and field facilitators working on REDD+ or community-based natural resource management. Substantial experience in practical fieldwork is required.


Course Contents

  • Forests and climate change: Climate change and its impacts; the role of forests in climate change mitigation and adaptation; drivers of forest degradation and deforestation
  • Community forestry principles and processes: Principles of community forestry; practical processes; evolution and reflection; mobilizing local knowledge; legal concepts of tenure rights, management rights, and rights of access and use
  • Practical community forest management: Management planning; balancing costs and benefits; the influence of multiple stakeholders; internal conflict management and negotiation
  • Introducing REDD+: Addressing drivers of deforestation; managing forests sustainably; REDD+ concepts and principles; baselines for comparison; current REDD+ initiatives and developments; stakeholder roles, relationships, and returns; voluntary carbon markets
  • Mobilizing community forestry for REDD+: Next steps and developing action plans; advantages of participation in REDD+ processes; ecological and social safeguards

Course Length

This course can range from 6 to 10 days. The 10-day course includes fieldwork.