Will REDD+work? The need for interdisciplinary research to address key challenges

I.J. Visseren-Hamakers, A. Gupta, M. Herold, M. Peña Claros, M.J. Vijge

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In this article, we draw on the contributions to this issue to address the question ‘Will REDD+ work?’. We do so by differentiating between how, where and when REDD+ might work. The article shows how issues of scope, scale and pace of REDD+ are related, and how interdisciplinary research can help to distill the lessons learned from REDD+ efforts currently underway. Important research areas include the drivers of deforestation and forest degradation, monitoring, reporting and verification, co-benefits, governance capacity, linkages with related policies, and the environmental and social impacts of REDD+. In concluding, we highlight the role of interdisciplinary research in supporting the different actors involved in REDD+ to cope with the inherent heterogeneity and complexity of REDD+.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)590-596
JournalCurrent Opinion in Environmental Sustainability
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2012


  • carbon
  • forests
  • climate
  • deforestation


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