The United Nations (UN) Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) program offers incentives for developing countries to reduce CO2 emissions, and to invest in low-carbon paths to sustainable development.

In designing and deploying REDD programs, the UN has asked that participating nations go beyond focusing just on technical issues associated with carbon management to also include a range of social considerations; for example, program managers are being asked to undertake stakeholder-based processes aimed at incorporating community concerns in program design, implementation, and management.

This research involved the application of insights from structured decision-making (SDM) to the design of REDD programs in Vietnam. The goal of SDM is to place the values, objectives, and concerns of stakeholders squarely in front of managers so that they may lend maximum insight to decisions that require trade-offs across environmental management options.

This research was led by Dr. Lisa Kenney, a PhD student in the lab between 2011 and 2015. Click here for more information about this research.