Effective, efficient, and equitable (3E) mechanisms for REDD+ and low carbon emission development must integrate actors and institutions – with multiple political and economic interests – across scales and sectors for analysis and decisions on landscape-level trade-offs and synergies regarding carbon mitigation, biodiversity and adaptation, as a basis for sustainable change. This project builds understanding of landscape approaches, multilevel governance and distributive implications of technical decisions, to enhance 3E outcomes in 4 target countries: Indonesia, Peru, Vietnam and Mexico. It will use scientific research and joint scenario building with multiple actors to understand trade-offs and synergies regarding: social and carbon monitoring methods; carbon and biodiversity outcomes; and adaptation and mitigation priorities.

Within this project I coordinate the module on Carbon reference emission levels and MRV (Monitoring, Reporting & Verification). Within this module, research is being done on reference (emission) levels, institutional MRV capacities, community-based monitoring, drivers of deforestation and the use of advanced technologies such as terrestrial LiDAR to improve allometries, tree volume and biomass estimation in different regions in the tropics. I supervise 1 PhD candidate on the topic of remote sensing methodologies for REDD+ performance asesment. My own research focuses on assessing direct (land use change) and indirect drivers of deforestation, monitoring REDD+ performance and supporting REDD+ policy decision-making.

This project is led by CIFOR, and funded by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU).

The project started in 2014.