Anti-corruption in REDD+



Reducing emissions from the global forest sector has an important role to play in both mitigation and adaptation. The United Nations’ Collaborative programme to Reduce Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (UN REDD Programme) assists developing countries in building capacity to reduce emissions and participate in a future REDD+ mechanism under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). As part of its mandate, the programme supports national systems for transparent, equitable, credible and accountable management of REDD+ funding. Accordingly, it generates knowledge products and provides practical guidance to partner countries to identify and mitigate potential corruption risks in the design, implementation and payment distribution processes of REDD+.


  Feature Publications

Sharing National Experiences on Transparency Accountability and Integrity for REDD+

Abstract Throughout 2012 and 2013 the UN-REDD Programme supported a number of its partner countries to assess corruption risks in REDD+ and build action plans to counter these risks. Bhutan, Bangladesh, the DemocraticRepublic of the Congo (DRC), Kenya, Nepal, Peru and the Philippines have undertaken, and in some instance completed, the " 1st phases of such activities. Findings and early lessons learned from four of these countries – DRC, Kenya, Nepal and the Philippines – are presented here.

Guidance on Conducting REDD+ Corruption Risks Assessments (REDD+CRA) 2013

Abstract The UN-REDD Programme has developed the Guidance on REDD+ CRA to support countries in identifying corruption risks in REDD+ country programmes and assess the effectiveness of existing risk mitigation measures, and thus initiate a process to develop systems and capacities to mitigate those risks.

Staying on Track: Tackling Corruption Risks in Climate Change

Survey methodology: addressing genderlink-boton
Abstract This guidance note aims to provide development cooperarion partners with suggestions and examples on how to support the implementation of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC)

UNDP 2011

Anti-corruption for REDD+: A Poster

Understanding the Connectionslink-boton
Abstract On 10 and 11 October 2011, a group of anti-corruption experts and practitioners from 12 UN-REDD partner countries comprising civil society, anti-corruption governmental bodies and the UN met to discuss how potential corruption in REDD+ can be prevented, using new and tested approaches and building on governance support that the UN-REDD Programme provides to partner countries.

  Case studies and papers

A Corruption Risk Assessment for REDD+ in Kenya

Abstract This report, commissioned by the Kenya REDD+ Coordination Office in the Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (MEW&NR) and the UN-REDD Programme, in collaboration with the U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre, provides an analysis of how corruption may influence the ability of REDD+ activities in Kenya to have successful economic, environmental and social outcomes. It also provides recommendations by a variety of stakeholders in Kenya to respond to these risks.

Drivers and Causes of Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Nepal: Potential Policies and Measures for REDD+

Abstract This report assesses how the lack of deliberative and inclusive process, lack of transparency, corruption and weak application and enforcement of the law around forest resources differentially catalyze the four major drivers of deforestation and forest degradation in Nepal, i.e. illegal logging, forest encroachment, fuelwood consumption and road construction.

Ensuring Inclusive, Transparent and Accountable National REDD+ systems: the Role of Freedom of Information 

Abstract This report examines how the right of freedom of information – i.e. the right of every individual to have access to information held by public bodies, subject only to narrow exceptions – has been or can be used in the context of REDD+ countries activities

UN-REDD - 2013

U4 : Using Corruption Risk Assessments for REDD+: An introduction for practitioners

Abstract This U4 Issue considers two recent approaches to corruption risk assessment for REDD+ in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Philippines. The intention is to provide development practitioners who may be unfamiliar with the study of corruption, or with the methods employed by CRAs, an overview of the approaches currently available for REDD+ schemes.
U4  -  2014

U4 : Unready for REDD+? Lessons from corruption in Ugandan Conservation Areas

Abstract his U4 Brief extracts lessons from recent Ugandan experiences with conservation areas and corruption. A case involving the World Bank/Global Environment Facility (GEF), the Ugandan Ministry of Trade, Tourism, and Industry (MoTTI), and the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA), illuminates how corrupt processes can unfold across multiple governance levels in the Ugandan context.
U4 -  2013


The Pilot Economy of Corruption and REDD+: Lessons from the Philippines' Pilot Sites

Abstract This U4 Issue draws on fieldwork from two REDD+ pilot sites to assess current governance and anti-corruption safeguards related to benefit-sharing, land tenure rights for indigenous peoples, and private sector involvement.
U4 -  2014


Anti-corruption for REDD+

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  Training materials

UN-REDD Programme Collaborative Online Workspace

On-line introductory Course on REDD+

Building Integrity in REDD+ 

This lesson focuses on specific corruption challenges and solutions for REDD+. What aspects of REDD+ make it vulnerable to corruption? What are the specific risks? What is already happening to address such risks and what more can be done? What role can you play to ensure REDD+ corruption risks are tackled? 

  Other resources


The UN-REDD Programme is the United Nations collaborative initiative on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD) in developing countries. The Programme was launched in 2008 and builds on the convening role and technical expertise of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)