Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute.
REDD 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

Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation in developing countries (REDD) was proposed by Papua New Guinea and Costa Rica at the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) held in Canada in 2005 as one of the climate change mitigation measures. Since then, various discussions have been made towards the implementation of REDD-plus.

At COP21 held in Paris in 2015, the Paris Agreement was adopted, in which REDD-plus was confirmed as one of the most important climate change mitigation measures. To date, systems for implementing REDD-plus have been promoted in developing countries with the assistance from a number of developed countries and international organizations based on the decisions of COP15. However, deforestation and forest degradation till 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.

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 also 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.