As the political process for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD) moves forward along the UNFCCCpath to Copenhagen, governments, multilateral institutions, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), indigenous groups, scientists,donors, and private sector groups have begun to address the gaps that exist between a country’s willingness to participate in afuture REDD mechanism, and its capacity, technical and institutional, to do so. In expectation of a strong positive policy signalfrom negotiation outcomes in Copenhagen, these many stakeholders are building capacity and experience in their countries andorganizations to participate in REDD – a process now widely known as “readiness for REDD.”Following the successful negotiations on REDD in Bali in December 2007, a group of participants from a wide range of stakeholdergroups, including developed and developing country governments, local and international NGOs, indigenous representatives, andprivate sector, donor, multilateral, and research representatives agreed to initiate the “Forum on Readiness for REDD.” The Forumis a multi-stakeholder group focused on practical approaches for building REDD readiness through cross-stakeholder dialogue,South-South collaboration, and linking local expertise with regional readiness efforts (http://whrc.org/policy/REDD/).The Woods Hole Research Center, acting as the secretariat for the Forum, agreed to collect information on readiness activitiestaking place in developing countries and assemble a background document that would allow interested stakeholders to get asnapshot of readiness activities taking place both globally and in their country or region, as a way to highlight potential gaps andsynergies and encourage collaboration and partnerships in all facets of readiness efforts.This background document aims to provide a first snapshot view of readiness activities around the world. Given the high level of interest and support for REDD, the pace and number of readiness projects and initiatives has been increasing at an encouragingrate. This document is by no means an exhaustive catalogue of readiness activities, and we have not been able to include everythingthat we would have liked. We intend for this to be a living document and encourage comments and additional input which can beincluded in electronic form.As official government and multilateral REDD initiatives such as the World Bank’s Forest Carbon Partnership Facility and theUN-REDD collaboration between UNDP, UNEP, and FAO begin their readiness activities, civil society groups, such as indigenousnetworks and national and international NGOs, have initiated workshops, consultations, demonstration activities, and research.We include a small snapshot of some of these activities, but there are many more that we were not able to include. We hope toprovide a more thorough coverage of these kinds of initiatives in any future updates to this document.All of the information about specific projects, programs, and activities is compiled from publicly available information sources fromthe governments and program/project participants, or from personal communication with them. None of the information herein isintended to represent original analysis from WHRC. For questions about specific programs and projects, we recommend that youcontact the institutions involved or consult public documents.This document is divided into 3 main sections. Section 1 provides a general overview of readiness, demonstration activities, andglobal initiatives related to REDD. Section 2 provides examples of REDD demonstration activities and programs in developingcountries, based on information supplied by project participants. Section 3 is devoted to a country-by-country glimpse at REDDreadiness, and is focused primarily on countries participating in the World Bank’s Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF). Theinformation compiled in this section is derived primarily from the R-PINs that countries submitted to the FCPF, which are publiclyavailable at
. The exceptionsare the descriptions of activities in Brazil and Indonesia which are not currently participating in the FCPF, and whose descriptionswere compiled from publicly available materials.We made every effort to contact the focal point of each country in producing the summaries. In a number of cases we did notreceive responses from focal points, and therefore would like to note that we welcome any additional input from countries, whichcan be incorporated into an updated electronic version of this document that will be made available on the Readiness Forum websitelisted above.Our hope is that this document will provide a useful glimpse at the state of readiness activities around the world and that it mayenable increased collaboration and coordination among countries and organizations in the vital steps leading to global readiness forREDD.