CIAT in ASB Partnership for the Tropical Forest Margins
The ASB partnership for the Tropical Forest Margins this week celebrated its annual global steering group meeting at the headquarters of the International Food Policy Research Institute in Washington DC. The meeting included attention to logistics and details of the partnership such as review of currently funded projects, review of proposals to donors, efforts to disseminate and share our research, overview of past and future of events in which the partnership participates and evaluation of the staff of the global coordination office. next year the meeting will be held in the Philippines and hosted by the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development. The following year in 2015 CIAT will host the meeting in it Cali, Colombia headquarters.
The meeting also included the ASB symposium, held on October 2, a chance for ASB partners to share their research from different ASB projects. Presentations included topics such as CO2 emissions from peatland in Indonesia, wetland and peatland soil dynamics in Cameroon, synergies between climate change mitigation and adaptation, payments for environmental services in Vietnam, land-use for multiple environmental services, low emission development strategies in Vietnam, REDD readiness and trends and patterns of land-use change and international aid in sub-Saharan Africa.
CIAT-DAPA has been working on methods to estimate land-use change, evaluate carbon stocks, calculate opportunity costs and develop scenarios for reducing emissions from deforestation, degradation and other land-use change. the work was started in the Peruvian Amazon and the same methods have been applied in projects with partners in the Eastern plains of Columbia and in Panama. A brief summary of this work was given here in Washington at the ASB Symposium on October 2:
Next year the ASB partnership will celebrate its 20th anniversary and a rich legacy of research in the tropical forest margins.