Developed in partnership with the REDD+ Academy, this course deals in greater detail with three REDD+ elements, including monitoring systems and safeguards. It also discusses best practices for engaging stakeholders in REDD+ processes and key principles of good governance.


“So much informative course and strongly relevant for practical use in the field.” – Learner from Swaziland

  • REDD+
  • Climate Change
  • Science

Self-paced course

12 hours


The REDD+ Academy is a coordinated REDD+ capacity development initiative led by the UN-REDD Programme and the UN Environment Environmental Education and Training Unit, which seeks to match the scale of the global climate change mitigation challenge and enable systematic, focused capacity development to deliver REDD+ on the ground.

The development of the REDD+ Academy responds to needs expressed by UN-REDD Programme partner countries for a regionally focused education initiative for those involved in national REDD+ programmes.

What you will learn?

After completing the course Advancing on REDD+, you will be able to:

  • Describe the process and objectives of developing a National Forest Monitoring System;
  • Explain the importance of developing Forest Reference [Emission] Levels (FRELs/FRLs);
  • Explain the need for Safeguard Information Systems in REDD+ implementation;
  • Describe the characteristics of an Incentive Allocation System;
  • Describe the importance of stakeholder engagement for successful REDD+ implementation;
  • Describe the underlying governance factors that can affect REDD+ implementation.

The course at a glance

The Advancing on REDD+ course is structured around six modules. While how to prepare and implement REDD+ at the national level through a National Strategy or Action Plan, including financial resources available, is discussed in the course Fundamentals on REDD+, the Advancing on REDD+ course presents the other three REDD+ elements, to which it adds the importance of engaging the relevant stakeholders in the process and the principles of good governance.

The six modules are as follows:

  1. National Forest Monitoring Systems for REDD+;
  2. Forest Reference Emission Levels (FRELs);
  3. REDD+ Safeguards under the UNFCCC;
  4. Approaches for the Allocation of Incentives;
  5. Stakeholder Engagement in REDD+; 6. Good Governance.

Completion requirements

The quizzes can be completed at any time. They assess the achievement of the learning objectives for each module. Each quiz can be attempted a maximum of three times. Passing a quiz with at least 70% rewards learners with a badge associated to the specific module. Once the six quizzes are passed, and learners obtain all the six badges available, they can download a certificate of completion from the course home page.


The modules have been developed and peer-reviewed by UN-REDD and UN CC:Learn.