CIFOR COMPON Collaboration

The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) is using COMPON methodology for part of a global comparative study on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD).

About the CGS-REDD project

The Global Comparative Study on REDD (GCS-REDD) is a four-year global comparative research project on first-generation REDD demonstration and readiness activities in selected countries across Asia, Africa and Latin America. More countries will begin implementing activities in 2010 and, depending on funding, additional countries will implement in 2011. The project consists of four components: national initiatives around policy processes and strategies; REDD project sites; monitoring and reference levels; and knowledge sharing. The overall goal of the project is to provide REDD policy makers and practitioner communities with the information, analysis and tools they need to ensure effective and cost-efficient reduction of carbon emissions with equitable impacts and co-benefits such as poverty alleviation and biodiversity conservation - the "3E+" criteria.

Links and options for comparative analysis with COMPON cases

In 2009, CIFOR began implementing GCS-REDD in four countires: Bolivia, Brazil, Cameroon and Indonesia. Component 1 of this study analyzes how national processes that formulate and implement REDD policies reflect diverse interests at all levels*. Component 1 researchers have adjusted and incorporated the COMPON approach as one of the methodologies it will use for analysis. COMPON's scientific goal of the project is to explain the variation in national response to global climate change under the emerging international regime. In analyzing national REDD strategies, CIFOR researchers have developed five work modules (country profile, strategy assessment, media analysis, policy network analysis, and a fifth flexible module: specific policy studies to respond to emerging research needs). In two of the component's five work modules, GCS-REDD will rely on COMPON methodology (media analysis and policy network analysis).

A pdf of this information along with additional details on the methods and research design is available here.

*For further information please click here or contact Maria Brockhaus (M.Brockhaus [at] for information on Component 1.