The REDD Desk is a centralized and collaborative, multi-language knowledge platform on REDD+ readiness, initiated by the Global Canopy Programme and the Forum on Readiness for REDD, represented by the Brazilian-based Amazon Environmental Research Institute (IPAM). It was developed after the success of GCP’s first publication, The Little REDD Book, launched at COP14 in Poznan in 2008, and is now accessed by approximately 8,000 unique visitors per month from over 203 countries worldwide.
As tropical forest nations advance in their efforts to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+), the design of their national REDD+ readiness processes, and the accessibility and transparency of information, are increasingly key determinants of effective stakeholder engagement and of the fast, effective and equitable adoption of the foundations for REDD+ itself.
The REDD Desk has successfully established itself as a key resource for news, events and the latest REDD+ research for the international REDD+ community, aggregating information from partner sites, list servers, conferences and news services. The REDD Desk also includes information on REDD+ readiness in a range of tropical forest nations. The REDD Countries Database presents key information on REDD+ related financing, activities, laws, policies, plans and statistics across a number of tropical countries (set to grow to 26 country profiles by December 2013).
Working with a global network of developed and developing country partners engaged in tropical forest conservation, the REDD Desk is the single largest online library of REDD+ activities globally.