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International Journal of Forestry Research
Volume 2013, Article ID 769575, 12 pages
Review Article

Lessons From Early REDD+ Experiences in the Philippines

1World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), 2nd Floor Khush Hall, International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), P.O. Box 35024, Los Baños, Laguna 4031, Philippines
2Fauna & Flora International, Tagaytay City, Cavite 4120, Philippines
3Forestry Development Centre, UPLB, Laguna, Los Baños, Laguna 4031, Philippines

Received 16 July 2012; Revised 23 February 2013; Accepted 30 March 2013

Academic Editor: Glenn Bush

Copyright © 2013 Rodel D. Lasco et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


There is growing interest globally in REDD+ initiatives to help mitigate climate change; the Philippines is no exception. In this paper, we review early REDD+ project experiences in the country. The guiding document for REDD+ in the Philippines is the National REDD+ Strategy (PNRPS) which was prepared by a multisectoral group of authors. There are five REDD+ projects that are underway. The critical factors emerging from these early REDD+ actions are the following: external support, local participation, free prior and informed consent, capacity building, sustainability, national laws and policies, biodiversity conservation, and use of safeguards. The pioneering projects reviewed here as well as the emerging lessons from them will hopefully provide a firmer basis for future REDD+ actions in the country.