Review of current tools and methods for REDD+ and REALU value chains


In the context of the wider debate on reduction of carbon emissions from tropical deforestation and forest degradation, this report reviews current tools and methodologies for the planning of emissions reductions projects across all land uses in a REALU (Reducing Emissions from All Land Uses) value chain. This work supports Phase II of the REALU project, a joint effort of the ASB Partnership and several partner organizations. The overarching goal of this project is to develop, through action research, a set of approaches, methodologies and national capacity to implement effective landscape-based strategies for reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation (REDD+), within a context of sustainable rural development, national sovereignty, respect for indigenous rights, and integrity of a global Greenhouse Gas (GHG) accounting system.
Phase I of this project was based on research and reviews of key areas to enhance understanding of landscape approaches to REDD+ and the implications for ongoing UNFCCC negotiations. Phase II emphasizes demonstration landscapes, national level backstopping through UN-REDD and FCPF (Forest Carbon Partnership Facility) processes and the generation of comparative action research on global landscape approaches to reducing emissions, including but not limited to REDD+. The project is occurring in four countries: Cameroon, Indonesia, Peru and Vietnam.
This report summarizes the results of a workshop conducted to review mainly current ICRAF tools developed to support REDD+ and REALU projects. The workshop took place in Amsterdam, Netherlands, on the 19th and 20th of April, 2011 at the Vrije Universiteit (IVM), with the generous support of the Government of Norway. The workshop was organized within Project Objective 1: backstop country level planning and implementation of whole-landscape approaches to REDD+ through the provision of methods, tools and relevant training at multiple levels within the framework of multi-lateral initiatives such as the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) and UN-REDD.
Beyond the scope of this workshop, we acknowledge that there exists a variety of other resources and tools which can both complement and bridge gaps inherent in the current set of ICRAF tools. In this regard, this report also outlines other existing tools available to support the REDD+ and REALU project cycle.
We would like to acknowledge all Participants of the workshop (see Appendix 3) for their valuable inputs and review of this report. A special thanks as well to Jeremy McDaniels, IISD-ASB intern for his valuable contributions to the report.

Bernard, F.; Minang, P.; Meine, V.;
Publications Details
Publication Type: Report
Year Published: 2011