ISFL Program Selection Criteria

To select the ISFL jurisdictions, a series of high-level quantitative and qualitative indicators around three areas are being considered:


A range of indicators that provide a preliminary view of countries’ engagement and capacity around REDD+, and abatement potential from the proposed Vibrant green ferns are illuminated by natural sunlight. Emission Reduction (ER) programs. In particular, linkages with national REDD+ efforts and other land uses are selection criteria, as well as the institutional arrangement in place and capacity of local stakeholders to implement the program. Amongst the selection criteria considered are:

  • National ownership and progress in REDD+ readiness;
  • Inclusion of measures to address agriculture-related drivers of deforestation in national REDD+ planning;
  • Plans for setting a reference level and a national monitoring, reporting, and verification system;
  • REDD+ funding resources received to date relative to population and forest size.



Selection will be based on an analysis of which commodities are the key drivers of deforestation and forest degradation and whether the pressure has been historically high, or is likely to increase significantly in the near to medium term (5-10 years), and if the associated abatement potential from climate-smart agriculture in the potential Emission Reduction programs could be significant. Indicators include:

  • Agriculture exports;
  • Yield gap;
  • Production in the past and future trends;
  • Expected price trends.


Enabling environment and governance

These indicators cover a broad range of relevant areas such as the strength of the enabling environment, country governance, private sector engagement in the country - including the extent of engagement with green growth type initiatives - as well as co-benefits. Indicators include:

  • Already existing World Bank programs and engagement in a country are considered a positive element, as they could help speed up implementation (i.e., new programs can build on existing systems);  
  • Level of governance within a country, including the capacity of the implementing agencies;
  • Attractiveness to the private sector of doing business in each respective country;
  • Level of engagement with "green growth," "green economy," or similar national-level economic reform programs;
  • The potential of generating co-benefits as biodiversity protection and reducing poverty.