This debate will explore outcomes of experiences with participatory approaches that illustrate the added value, comparative advantages and the complementary nature of pro-poor REDD+ approaches. Experts present short papers prepared in advance that summarize how information generated through the application of particular participatory tools has contributed to decision making addressing the interests of forest-dependent people. The moderator will guide the discussion with questions prepared in advance, based on the papers. Other participants will provide a reality-check and critically assess whether the information that these tools are producing can indeed better inform decision making processes. The discussion will generate recommendations for the experts to optimize the use of these tools for decisions that have to be made for REDD+ and aims to find common understanding on pro-poor REDD+ approaches. The event facilitates exchange between people that contribute to the generation of information, experience and expertise not only at the national and sub national levels but also as part of national level policy making. The panel will include 5-6 experts (men and women) on participatory tools; 1-2 representatives from National Governments that are building a REDD+ national Strategy; a REDD+ project developer; 1-2 indigenous peoples / forest communities representatives; 1 representative of a women organization; 1 donor representative and the facilitator.