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Lessons from REDD+ readiness implementation experience in the Republic of Congo: getting ready for REDD+ under uncertain, national circumstances

This report presents lessons learned from readiness activities in the Republic of Congo towards reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation and the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks in developing countries (REDD+). The report reveals progress in technical and scientific capacity building and institutional strengthening. It provides recommendations focusing on acknowledging and differentiating between the different components of REDD+ readiness: the capacity to establish scientific baselines; the evolution of national policies; and the engagement of stakeholders. The report highlights the complexity of REDD+ and suggests readiness activities should target capacity building and stakeholder engagement at the earliest possible stage in order to ensure that they can be effectively integrated into sustainable development.