ASB researchers facilitate REDD roundtable group meeting in Pucallpa, Peru
Cross-posted from the website of the ASB Partnership for the Tropical Forest Margins.
(Pucallpa, Peru, 13 March 2012) Members of the Mesa REDD Ucayali – the local inter-institutional working group on REDD+ – met in the departmental capital of Pucallpa, Peru, to build capacity in the calculation of opportunity, transaction and implementation costs of programs to reduce carbon emissions and to identify priority policies for the implementation of REDD schemes in the region. ASB researchers shared tools and methods for evaluating the feasibility of REDD+ programs and helped to develop a consensus on key concepts and implementation steps. Participants discussed carbon stocks, land use change and profitability of activities leading to increased emissions. They also tried out ASB’s ABACUS software (used to estimate emission from land use and land cover changes among other calculations) using local data from the Peruvian Amazon. The participants included professionals from government departments, research NGOs and universities. The groups signed a cooperation agreement to formally structure and expand their collaboration through joint work on identifying options for reducing emissions that also support livelihoods, on the biodiversity co-benefits of REDD+ programs and on land use change analysis for establishing baseline deforestation projections.
The meeting was hosted in the offices of the World Agroforestry Center (ICRAF) on the campus of National Agricultural Innovation Institute (INIA).