By Glenn Hyman
The ASB Partnership for the Tropical Forest Margins just released a new policy brief – in both Spanish and English – on land-use planning for low-emissions development in the Peruvian Amazon Department of Ucayali. The policy brief describes lessons learned from a recent initiative of the Reducing Emissions from All Land Uses (REALU) project. Partner organizations involved in the REDD Mesa Ucayali, a committee of institutions interested in advancing programs to reduce emissions, carried out an exercise to evaluate land-use change, associated carbon stocks, and the cost and benefits of emissions in the context of livelihoods.
They collected information about land-use in the region and then met in a workshop to develop land-use change scenarios and study the impacts of these changes on emissions and livelihoods. The policy brief describes the Land Use Planning for Low Emission Development Strategy (LUWES) methodology, an approach emphasizing the whole landscape. Evaluations of land-use change impacts on ecosystem services should be integrated into territorial and economic development planning. This brief describes our experience in carrying out the approach in the Peruvian Amazon.