Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute.
REDD-plus and Forest-DRR Research and Development Center.

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Director of The REDD Research and Development Center

The Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute

Dr. Yasumasa Hirata

In 2015, the Paris Agreement was adopted at COP21 held in Paris and REDD-plus (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries and the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks in developing countries) was confirmed as one of the most important climate change mitigation measures. However, deforestation and forest degradation continue unabated in many developing countries. It is time for us to think about what is happening and what is needed to address deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries.

A few months before the Paris Agreement, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of 193 countries joining the United Nations to achieve in 15 years from 2016 to 2030 are adopted at the UN Summit, which requires taking measures for climate change and its impact (target 13) and the promotion of sustainable management and conservation of forest (target 15).

The REDD Research and Development Center has been working to address technical challenges towards the realization of REDD-plus since its establishment in 2011. In particular, the Center has developed methods required for the implementation of REDD-plus and collected information on REDD-plus for those who are working on REDD-plus. We will endeavor to disseminate technology and knowledge required for REDD-plus activities at home and abroad.