This report aims to contribute to a better understanding of REDD+ projects, with a view to informing national REDD+ readiness processes as well as REDD+ actions. To assist in understanding REDD+ projects and generating lessons from them, a descriptive template that presents their key elements was developed. This template has been used to create summary profiles of 32 REDD+ projects that have been validated, or are in the process of validation, by voluntary carbon schemes. The 32 projects represent ~ 60% of all REDD+ projects validated under voluntary carbon schemes. This report provides the results of a comparative analysis of these 32 REDD+ projects using their summary profiles.