REDD calculator and mapping tool for Indonesia

Researchers have launched a new tool to help policy-makers, NGOs, and landowners evaluate the potential benefits and costs of Indonesia's reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation (REDD+) program at provincial and district levels. The caculator generates emissions reductions estimates and associated opportunity costs for different REDD+ implementation scenarios, includi

Ways to feed the world and conserve the environment

For every crop, the best producers globally are 100 times more productive than the worst. Even within nations, producers can be 10 times more efficient than their neighbours, whether they farm maize (corn) in Nebraska or cassava in Nigeria.

Making a case for a REDD++ aproach

The development from REDD to REDD+ is a good sign of the changing paradigm on the REDD plan. REDD+ does not just view natural forests as carbon stock, but far more importantly, as natural ecosystem service resources.

A key resource: manual on estimating opportunity costs of REDD+

A recent version II of the manual titled Estimating Opportunity Costs of REDD+ can be found

Stewardship Agreements for REDD in Indonesia

Resolving the issue of who owns the forest is probably the biggest hurdle in the implementation of REDD+ in most countries and to succeed, legal structures and policy frameworks should promote ownership of the process by forest dependent communities. This is important because forest management initiatives must have the objectives of promoting both the wellbeing of forests and that of communities who rely on the forests as a source of livelihood.

To reconcile this, Indonesia has started to implement the Hutan Desa regulation which aims to resolve tenure conflicts through the provision of village forests. The agreement allows villages living in forest margins to become active forest management units. Although Hutan Desa is currently being applied in only one community in Indonesia, it offers lesson points for the large-scale application of the law to other communities.

Some of the points are analyzed in ASB’s latest policy brief 18 on "Stewardship Agreements to Reduce Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD) in Indonesia”. The brief highlights the need to reduce transaction costs and streamlining of rules for wider application of the law; international support in dealing with bottlenecks such as tenure conflicts; informal social networks comprising of key stakeholders such as government officials, NGO’s, and researchers are also important in the process though they can take a long time to develop. Read full policy brief

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