The Geography of REDD+

CIGA-REDD is an ad-hoc working group within the Centro de Investigaciones en GeografĂ­a Ambiental (CIGA) of the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM), which is based at the Morelia campus of this university.  It consists of researchers and students associated with CIGA who work together on a variety of issues relating to REDD+, and it carries out research and advisory services.

REDD+ ("Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation in developing countries") is a new international climate change mitigation policy being developed by Parties to the UNFCCC. 

Under this policy, developing countries may in the future receive financial incentives in proportion to reduction of loss of carbon from their forests.  
By its nature this policy will require a strongly spatial approach which combines an understanding of the biophysical and the human management sides of forestry; in other words, a strongly geographical perspective.  As a team of geographers, we deal with a wide range of topics relating to REDD+:  mapping and modeling; monitoring, verification and reporting; understanding the drivers and causes of both deforestation and forest degradation (D&D); understanding the economics both of D&D and of programmes to reduce them; the question of environmental and social safeguards; as well as analysis of, and proposals for, policy at international anditional levels The groups is involved in a number of projects and programmes, information about which can be found under the project tab above.