Laos Forest
Photo by Dr. Liang UNU-ISP: Reforestation in Laos

This is a joint project of the UN University Institute for Sustainability and Peace(UNU-ISP), Chiang Mai University, and the National Agriculture and Forestry Research Institute (NAFRI) of Lao established in 2010. It is supported by Asia Pacific Network for Global Change Research.

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.

The aims of the new UNU project in cooperation with Chiang Mai University of Thailand (CMU) and National Agriculture and Forestry Research Institute of Lao PDR (NAFRI) are to

  1. Assess the potential social, economic and environmental challenges and opportunities of REDD+ for selected communities in Laos and Thailand, based on lessons from past/ongoing forest conservation policies;
  2. Provide much-needed scientific evidence on the potential co-benefits of traditional agro-forestry practices and comparing it with alternative land-uses; and
  3. Develop participatory community-based MRV mechanisms for REDD+.

Findings will assist the pro-poor design and implementation of REDD+, improve the well-being of forests dependent communities and integrate traditional agro-forestry as a climate change mitigation agenda.