Country Assessments on REDD+ Capacity Building Services


In the past three years, tropical forested countries across the world have taken important institutional, policy, legal, and piloting steps to become ‘ready’ for REDD+. Capacity building is a key component of this REDD+ readiness process and is backed by a huge investment of time and money from a large number of organizations, government agencies, communities, and individuals. There has been a massive increase in capacity building during this short three year period, which begs the question:  Do the organizations providing such services have the competencies to fully meet countries’ REDD+ readiness needs?

Surprisingly, little is known about the competencies of the organizations, which include government agencies, NGOs, community groups, academic institutions, think-tanks, consultancies, legal firms, and media companies. To fill this knowledge gap, RECOFTC – The Center for People and Forests, with financial and advisory support from the Global UN-REDD Programme through the United Nations Environment Programme, assessed the strengths and weaknesses and identified the gaps in the capacity building services being provided against Asia-Pacific countries’ REDD+ readiness needs.

The assessment focuses on four countries: Cambodia, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Vietnam. The full reports for each of these countries are available to download along with an updated policy brief, to bring together the findings from across the region.





To get a quick overview of the assessment findings, please visit our blog on the launch of the country reports and policy brief.

For further information on the assessment, please contact RECOFTC Program Officer Jim Stephenson ( or UNEP UN-REDD Regional Coordinator Thomas Enters (


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