Sharing insights across REDD+ countries

Opportunities and insights for effective, efficient and equitable
REDD+ carbon and non-carbon results

21-23 February 2017, Naypyidaw, Myanmar.

Tropical land and forests have an important role to play in the global climate agenda. Emissions from deforestation and forest degradation account for 70% of all tropical land-use emissions, and 10% of greenhouse gas emissions globally. Under the Paris Agreement on the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, countries in the tropics are now pledging to address this source of emissions in their Nationally Determined Contributions to mitigating global climate change.

Efforts to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, while addressing the need for conservation and sustainable management of forests, and enhancement of forest carbon stocks — or what is known simply as REDD+ — are fast becoming an important part of climate change action in developing countries. Supporting this, CIFOR and partners since 2009 have monitored developments through a Global Comparative Study on REDD+ (GCS-REDD+). The project poses the question: How can REDD+ effectively and efficiently achieve its goals while ensuring that the results are equitable?.

At this national knowledge sharing workshop in Myanmar, the GCS-REDD+ research team will share insights on experiences in implementing REDD+ in 13 countries, as well as analyses on opportunities and obstacles to success as the project heads into its third phase.

GCS-REDD+ project website:


21 February 2017


Official opening and welcome

  1. Introduction to the CIFOR Global Comparative Study on REDD+ and overview of the country profile series

    Facilitator: Dr. Grace Wong (Senior Scientist CIFOR)
  2. Introduction to the status and progress of Myanmar REDD+ program and policies

    Facilitator: Dr. Thaung Naing Oo (Director Forest Resource Institute Forestry Department)




  1. Overview on methods: General presentation of the political economy analytical methods
  2. Q&A
Facilitator: Dr. Maria Brockhaus (Professor International Forest Policy University of Helsinki)


13.30 – 16.30

Detailed discussion of each of the chapter analyses

We will go into detail on the data and analyses required in each of the chapters in the country profile. This will be an interactive session with expected discussion and Q&A.

  1. Investigating the main drivers of deforestation and degradation
  2. Review of the major institutional factors linked to governance and rights, with a particular emphasis on access rights to forestland and forest resources
  3. Analysis of the political-economic factors and the broader context in which drivers of deforestation and degradation operate
  4. Institutional, policy and implementation aspects of social forestry and its relevance to REDD+
  5. Examining the development of national REDD+ policy and strategies, serving as initial input for the subsequent, more detailed REDD+ policy process and needs for further analyses
  6. Identifying the implications for prospective REDD+ outcomes and the implications for monitoring, reporting and verification during the implementation phase
Facilitator: Dr. Maria Brockhaus (Professor International Forest Policy University of Helsinki)

22 February 2017



Facilitator: Dr. Nyein Chan (Assistant Lecturer University of Forestry Yezin), Dr. Nyunt Khaing (Staff Officer Forest Research Institute)



Continuation of discussion on chapter analyses from previous day

Facilitator: Dr. Maria Brockhaus (Professor International Forest Policy University of Helsinki), Dr. Grace Wong (Senior Scientist CIFOR)


Sharing lessons learned from country profile analyses

Focus on experiences from the region such as Indonesia, Lao PDR, Vietnam, and other countries of interest (e.g. Ethiopia, Burkina Faso).

Facilitator: Dr. Grace Wong (Senior Scientist CIFOR), Dr. Moira Moeliono (Senior Associate CIFOR), Dr. Pham Thu Thuy (Lead GCS Module on REDD+ Policies CIFOR)
23 February 2017


Opening remarks

  1. Official opening
    Speaker: Dr. Ngwe Thee (Forest Department Myanmar)
  2. Introduction to Global Comparative Study on REDD+
    Speaker: Dr. Pham Thu Thuy (Lead GCS Module on REDD+ Policies CIFOR)


Coffee break



Update of REDD+ progress in Myanmar

Speaker: Dr. Kyaw Kyaw Lin (Forest Department)



Paris and REDD+ performance, politics and power: qualitative comparative analysis experiences of 15 countries

Speaker: Dr. Maria Brockhaus (Professor International Forest Policy University of Helsinki)


Question and Answer

Facilitator: all speakers


Insights from the world

*Country reps to present 5 min update on REDD+ progress followed by Q&A

Speakers: Myanmar (Dr. Nyunt Khaing), Laos (Dr. Moira Moeliono), Vietnam (Dr. Pham Thu Thuy), Indonesia (Cynthia Maharani), Brazil (Dr. Maria Brockhaus).

Facilitator: Niki De Sy (Post-Doctoral Researcher Wageningen University)





Developing MRV System for REDD+

Speaker: Niki De Sy (Post-Doctoral Researcher Wageningen University) (Post-Doctoral Researcher Wageningen University)




Equity and Benefit Sharing

Speaker: Dr. Grace Wong (Senior Scientist, CIFOR).



Question and Answer

Facilitator: all speakers



REDD+ in Myanmar: incentivizing change while delivering for economic development and sustainability: Donor, Civil Society and government Roundtable

*Panelists to provide up to 5 min speech (no slides) on presenting on organizational perception of the policy problems, the challenges and potential paths forward, followed by Q&A

Panelists: consisting of Donor, civil society and government representatives

Facilitator: Shelley Thakral (Team Leader, Communications and Outreach, CIFOR).


Closing remarks

Facilitator: Mr. Mya Win (Deputy Director Forest Research Institute)

Distributing feedback form to participants

Coffee break


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