The technical material was developed in mid-2008 and is ‘global’ in nature. Starting at the ‘global’ level was a deliberate action by the developers of this program as the current global dialogue and debate will create the ground rules for national and project-led developments in REDD. But equally important for this training program is allowing the many lessons now emerging from pilot activities to feed upwards to inform national and international dialogue, and recognizing that many technical and political issues are still be formulated. There is therefore much to be learned and this training program has been established to facilitate both a dialogue process and a learning process. This material is only a starting point for discussion, not an end point.