The Climate and Forests Programme is part of the  Environment and Natural Capital cluster of UNDP's Global Policy Network, Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS). The Programme aims to assist developing countries to implement the Paris Agreement by reducing deforestation, forest degradation and sustainably managing their forests, meeting internationally recognised framework and standards. Distributed across global and regional headquarters in Geneva, New York, Bangkok, Nairobi and Panama – UNDP Climate & Forests assists developing countries and subnational jurisdictions to design, adopt, finance, implement and monitor policies and partnerships to  address the interrelated climate and deforestation crises and integrate forests in sustainable development pathways.
UNDP Climate & Forests manages a portfolio of national and jurisdictional projects and provides international technical assistance to different countries and stakeholders, following three foundational approaches
  1. Enhancing ambition and transparency in NDCs' forest components by:
  • Strengthening NDCs’ forest components by assisting countries to raise their mitigation ambition;
  • Supporting systems and processes for the enhanced transparency framework for the forest sector under the Paris Agreement, and;
  • Advising countries on UNFCCC processes and opportunities for the forest sector.


  1. Increasing access to REDD+ performance-based finance and carbon markets by:
  • Enhancing countries’ national REDD+ and market readiness to access international results-based payment schemes for the forest sector;
  • Fostering public-private partnerships on deforestation-free finance, and;
  • Designing and supporting the operationalization of performance-based finance instruments for domestic implementation.


  1. Ensuring social inclusion and environmental integrity of REDD+ actions and finance by:
  • Promoting the rights, knowledge and inclusion of indigenous peoples and local communities in forest solutions and associated climate finance schemes and benefits;
  • Mainstreaming gender and women’s empowerment principles in forest solutions and associated climate finance schemes and benefits, and;
  • Assisting countries and jurisdictions meet the requirements of relevant international social & environmental standards.
The Programme is currently active in the three major tropical forest areas (Amazonia, Congo and Southeast Asia) and in about 20 countries.
The work is conducted through diverse partnerships and funding sources: