The Government of Norway’s International Climate and Forest Initiative, part of Norway’s Ministry of the Environment, commissioned Meridian Institute to convene a team of six internationally recognized experts in Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD). The purpose of the project was to have these experts assess policy options for integrating a REDD mechanism into a post-2012 agreement as part of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) negotiations.
The team’s REDD Options Assessment Report (REDD-OAR) was released in March 2009 and addressed financial incentives; procedures for setting reference levels; methodologies for monitoring, reporting, and verification; and processes to promote the participation of indigenous peoples and local communities. The assessment, an executive summary, and translations (in Spanish, French, Portuguese, and Indonesian) were made available in print and/or online.
The REDD-OAR authors were Arild Angelsen (Norwegian University of Life Sciences), Sandra Brown (Winrock International), Cyril Loisel (IDDRI and ONF International), Leo Peskett (Overseas Development Institute), Charlotte Streck (Climate Focus), and Daniel Zarin (Coordinating Author – University of Florida and The David and Lucile Packard Foundation).
Meridian managed, convened, and facilitated the work of the expert authors during the intensive, three-month assessment process. This process included two in-person consultations (in Washington, DC, and Olso, Norway) as well as online consultations that involved governments, civil society, indigenous peoples’ representatives, and other key stakeholders.