6 December 2018 | 18.30-20.00 | Room: Warmia

COP official side event

What has REDD+ achieved? Empirical evidence for transformational change

Organizer: CIFOR, Green Climate Fund’s Independent Evaluation Unit and Wageningen University

Evidence on the performance of REDD+ and other forestry and land use initiatives is critically needed. CIFOR, the GCF Independent Evaluation Unit (IEU) and partners will present different approaches for evaluating the impacts of these initiatives. Program implementers will reflect on experiences with real-time impact assessment.

Levania Santoso (CIFOR)
l.santoso.cgiar.org | +62811 145874

Veronique de Sy (Wageningen University)
Niki.desy@wur.nl | +31 648688397


Norwegian University of Life Sciences
Arild Angelsen is professor of economics at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (UMB) and a senior associate at CIFOR, Indonesia. Over the past 20 years he has conducted extensive research into the causes of tropical deforestation and its interaction with poverty, tenure and government policies. Recent work has investigated how Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+) can be included in a global climate regime. Angelsen is global coordinator of the Poverty Environment Network (PEN), a CIFOR-led research programme collecting detailed information from about 8000 households in 24 developing countries on forest use and management. He has broad field experience from Southeast Asia and eastern Africa, and has lived in Uganda, Indonesia, Australia and the USA.

Welcome remarks:

Team Leader Climate Change, Bioenergy, and Low-Carbon Development (CCE), CIFOR.

He worked for many years on conservation agriculture, soil ecology and organic matter in tropical and dryland soils. His research interests focus on land management and climate change, the development of integrated concepts for improving sustainability of land use and the management of biodiversity and the biological soil resources. He has published about 130 articles on tropical ecology, nutrient cycling, soil ecology and biodiversity in scientific journals, and many policy briefs and communications to the public.


GCF Board Member
Karma Tshering is Head of Policy and Programming Services, National Environment Commission Secretariat (Bhutan); GCF Board Member.
As head of the Independent Evaluation Unit at the Green Climate Fund (GCF), it is Dr. Jyotsna Puri’s job to ensure that this financial institution is accountable and open to continuous learning. The fund is part of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and helps developing countries limit or reduce their emissions and adapt to climate change.
Understanding what works in forest-based climate change mitigation

Amy Duchelle is a Senior Scientist in the Climate Change, Energy & Low Carbon Development Team at the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) in Indonesia. Her research interests include forest-based climate change mitigation, impact evaluation, and smallholder and community forest management.

Wageningen University
Data and transparency to support REDD+

2010- now: Full professor of Geoinformation Science and Remote Sensing at Wageningen University

Malgorzata Buszko-Briggs
Dr. Malgorzata Buszko-Briggs is currently FAO’s Programme Coordinator for the United Nations Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (UN-REDD), a partnership of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Environment (UNEnv).

She is based in FAO’s Headquarter in Rome for almost 10 years. Before joining FAO, she worked for intergovernmental cooperation on environmental and climate change affairs and served as senior advisor to environmental multilateral negotiations (MEAs) for various organizations and private sector. She worked for intergovernmental organization during COP14 in Poznan, Poland.