REDD+ for Forest Communities Workshop

Background
REDD Plus (+) can deliver substantial co-benefits for climate mitigation, biodiversity conservation and ecosystem services. Successful REDD Plus strategies require integrating and complementing traditional agro-forestry practices of many forest communities, rather than enforcing a barrier between them and their forests. With APN’s financial support, UNU, Chiang Mai University of Thailand (CMU) and National Agriculture and Forestry Research Institute of Lao PDR (NAFRI) are undertaking the joint project “Critical analysis of effectiveness of REDD+ for forest communities and shifting cultivation, based on lessons learnt from conservation efforts in Laos and Thailand” to address the knowledge gap for realizing co-benefits of REDD+. Under the framework of the UNU network “Sustainable Land Management in the Mountainous Region of Mainland Southeast Asia” (SLM-MMSEA), Jawaharlal Nehru University of India and Southwest Forestry University of China have also agreed to participate in the project with financial support from different sources.

In 2011 country teams are expected to complete measurement of the landscape-level carbon stocks at the project sites in Thailand and Laos and the associate sites in India and China. They are also required to review relevant policies and develop action plan to support national policy development for REDD+. Measurement of carbon stocks at the project site in Yunnan, China is part of the Ford Foundation-funded project “Demonstrate the use of World Agricultural Heritage Status to strengthen community rights over natural resources in marginal ethnic minority communities of western China”.

Southwest Forestry University of China (SWFU), the Development Institute for Tradition and Environment, Kunming(DITE)and UNU-ISP are organizing this project workshop in Jinghong, on 25– 27 Dec 2011 to bring together experts from UNU, Thailand, Laos, India and China to review and compare findings of carbon stocks measurement at the landscape-level across participating countries.

Objectives

  1. Review findings of carbon stocks measurement at the landscape-level across participating countries and understand the carbon stocks of different land uses in the village landscape.
  2. Review relevant policies and propose a policy action plan
  3. Familiarize project members with the associate project site in China
  4. Review project progress and plan forward

Programme

Sunday, 25 Dec 2011: Workshop
9:00-9:20 hrs Welcome remarks:
• SWFU/DITE
• UNU
9:20–9:40 hrs Overview of workshop:
9:40-11:10 hrs Session I: Carbon stocks in the village landscape and policy action plan: Thailand
11:10–11:30 hrs Coffee/tea break
11:30–13:00 hrs Session II: Carbon stocks in the village landscape and policy action plan: Laos
13:00–14:00 hrs Lunch break
14:00–15:30 hrs Session III: Carbon stocks in the village landscape and policy action plan: India
15:30-16:00 hrs Coffee/tea break
16:00-17:30 hrs Session IV: Carbon stocks in the village landscape and policy action plan: China
Monday, 26 Dec 2011: Field Trip to Mangjing Village
8:00-11:30 Group travel to Mangjing Village
11:30–12:00 hrs Group meeting with village head
12:00–13:00 hrs Lunch
13:00–16:00 hrs • Field walk observing village landscape and different land use practices
• Field visit to tea forests and sampling plots for carbon and biodiversity survey
16:00–19:30 hrs Return to Jinghong
Tuesday, 27 Dec 2011: Workshop Continued
8:30-10:30 hrs • Review, compare and synthesize findings of carbon stocks measurement
• Discuss next steps and use of GIS to assess land use and carbon stock dynamics, including future scenario
• Agree on action plan to support national policy development
10:30–11:00 hrs Coffee/tea break
11:00-12:00 hrs Discussion continued
12:00–13:30 hrs Lunch
13:30–14:30 hrs Plan forward and closing

Location
Jinghong, China

Date
25 - 27 Dec 2011

Organizer
UNU-ISP, APN, Southwest Forestry University, Development Environment Traditions

Contact
Dr. Jintana Kawasaki
Institute for Sustainability and Peace
United Nations University
5-53-70, Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-8925, Japan
Tel:+81-3-5467-1328
Fax : +81-3-3499-2828
Email: jkawasaki @ unu.edu