Introductory Curriculum on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation and Conserving and Enhancing Forest Carbon Stocks (REDD+)

This curriculum, consisting of three, self-paced, online courses, provides a basic level of understanding of the basics of climate change, deforestation and forest degradation, and the REDD+ concept.

You may choose to complete any of the lessons within each course; however, to receive a certificate of curriculum completion, you must complete the curriculum assessment with a minimum score of 70%. Individuals may choose to simply complete a course. Upon completion of a course, the individual will receive a record of course completion. The requirements for course completion are completing all lessons within a course.

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This course focuses on the background information on climate change, the drivers of deforestation, and strategies for reducing deforestation and forest degradation.

Once you complete this course you will be able to:

  • Describe climate change and the greenhouse effect
  • Identify and describe climate change causes and impacts
  • Identify and describe climate change mitigation strategies
  • Identify and describe the role of forests in climate change
  • Identify and describe drivers of deforestation
  • Identify and describe strategies for reducing deforestation and forest degradation

Duration: 2.5 hours

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This course focuses on the essential aspects of the technical, political, financial, social, and environmental issues related to REDD+.
Once you complete this course, you will be able to:

  • Define and describe REDD+
  • Identify and describe the main elements of REDD+
  • Define and describe MRV (Measurement, Reporting, and Verification)
  • Identify and describe the technical elements of REDD+
  • Identify and describe international policy concerns and issues related to REDD+
  • Identify and describe the main sources for REDD+ financing
  • Identify and describe the potential social benefits and risks of REDD+
  • Identify and describe how REDD+ can be designed to maximize the social benefits and mitigate risks
  • Identify and describe the potential environmental benefits and risks of REDD+
  • Identify and describe how REDD+ can be designed to maximize environmental benefits and mitigate risks



Duration: 2.5 hrs

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This course focuses on the basics of implementing REDD+ activities at the national or sub-national level.

Once you complete this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify and describe steps involved to design and implement REDD+ activities
  • Identify and describe the guidelines for creating REDD+ programs
  • Identify and describe the different scales of REDD+ activities and how they can be linked
  • Define standards
  • Identify and describe the many purposes and practices of standards
  • Identify and describe the functions and limitations of The Climate, Community, and Biodiversity Standard (CCBS)



Duration: 2.5 hours

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Download a Certificate of Achievement upon completion of the overall assessment of the REDD+ curriculum.

The overall assessment is based on all the materials presented in the REDD+ curriculum.

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Resources for the REDD+ Curriculum.