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.
The Ministry of Environment (MINAM) invited members of the SECURED landscape team from ICRAF and CIAT to provide training on the Land-Use Planning for Low Emission Development Strategies (LUWES) methodology at a workshop. Based on this training MINAM is considering using this methodology in land-use planning processes across the country. Given that every region of the country has a mandate to create land-use plans, this process could be a vehicle for including considerations on the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and the conservation of other ecosystem services in development plans. If successful, national-scale uptake of the LUWES tool will impact the entire country of Peru extending much farther beyond the SECURED landscape.
In combating climate change, interventions have mainly been channeled through two approaches – mitigation and adaptation. Activities to mitigate climate change include actions that reduce greenhouse gases and prevent further emissions. Adaptation refers to activities geared towards helping vulnerable communities already affected by climate change cope and build resilience.
Despite having intertwined objectives, the two practices were initially framed and have largely been pursued separately, leading to a lack of effectiveness and efficiency in concerted climate change actions.
Maps of tree cover that were used for developing schemes to reduce emissions from deforestation and degradation have errors. It’s all about scale and pixels, say Betha Lusiana and colleagues
By Robert Finlayson
The ability of any scheme to meet its national target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and forest degradation plus conservation (REDD+) requires understanding how its processes are linked across scales, from local through provincial to national and international levels. A single approach to reduce deforestation that is effective for a project in several villages might not be as effective at an aggregated level, such as a district.