This project involves a study of the economic choices and trade-offs of the Reduction of Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (REDD+) initiative in Asia.
There are three main components of this project:
1. Knowledge and Information Sharing: Knowledge relevant to REDD+ design and implementation is being communicated to policy-makers and practitioners in Southeast Asia. Activities include a regional conference, component country workshops, meetings with policy-makers in target countries, multilingual publications, and CIFOR's web-centric communications and knowledge-sharing strategy and model;
2. Trade and Investment Impacts and Trade-Offs: A study that identifies the main regional trade and investment processes driving large-scale land acquisition in Southeast Asia is being conducted. This project is also assessing the likely social and environmental impacts of these acquisitions, and their implications for REDD+; and the consequent policy options. Regional, sub-national and specific investment-focused analyses are being conducted;
3. Lessons for REDD+ from Payments for Environmental Services (PES) Schemes: Comparative analysis of PES schemes in the Greater Mekong is being undertaken to assess their current status, compare implementation processes and lessons learnt, and draw policy recommendations relevant to REDD+. Research involves desktop reviews of individual country experiences, field surveys in at least two countries, and synthesis across the region.
As part of this project, a regional conference on REDD+, PES and other forestry issues in Asia will be held, and a web- and network-based information sharing initiative will be established.
A trade and Investment session will be incorporated into the regional conference, and country workshops will be held in Indonesia and Lao PDR. In addition, a trade and investment website ill be established.
In terms of PES, sessions on this topic will be included in the regional conference (and will include relevant institutions from Thailand, Cambodia, Lao PDR and Vietnam), and a PES website will be established.