Impacts of Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation and Enhancing Carbon Stocks (I-REDD+)

Initiative

Summary

The I-REDD+ project is an FP7 EU project; funded under the 7th Framework Programme of the European Commission. The project is active in Vietnam, Indonesia, Laos and China. The aim of the project is to contribute to ensuring that the implementation of a future REDD+ mechanism is based on the highest possible level of knowledge on: carbon storage in landscapes; monitoring technology; potentially negative impacts on local livelihoods; and governance structures for managing payments.

The project aims to answer the following questions at the national to local level in the four countries: a) Is local and national institutional governance sufficient in handling payments soundly? b) Will REDD+ be competitive with other land uses, in terms of the compensation offered to forest users? c) If monitoring must be done at the national level to avoid leakage, how will local level input be sustained? d) Will REDD+ conserve habitats for important biodiversity and in doing so realise one of its expected ‘co-benefits’?

The specific objectives of I-REDD+ are to develop and test methods for:

  1. Quantifying emissions and removals of greenhouse gases from the main forest types and agricultural systems in the study areas.
  2. Developing remote sensing and community-based methods for monitoring changes in land use and carbon stocks in forest areas and areas of alternative land use systems. (methods assessed using outcomes from specific objective 1).
  3. Assessing potential benefit distribution systems for REDD+ payments under different global payment scenarios and different governance and institutional structures.
  4. Assessing the benefits and costs of REDD+ for livelihoods at local levels as well as the socio-cultural ‘costs’ of altering lifestyles and development pathways.
  5. Developing and testing a monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) system within five critical areas of relevance to REDD+: emissions, land use change, forest resources, governance, and livelihood impacts.
  6. Using the results to inform the development of future REDD+ policies, including their feasibility when accounting for the opportunities and constraints of methods and the new information obtained.
  7. Investigating country-specific differences and developing approaches that are appropriate in a range of different institutional, political, and socioeconomic contexts. This part of the analysis also includes the potential for cross-border leakage.
  8. Disseminating the methodological and thematic results widely, at local, regional and national and international levels through training, collaboration and publications.

In Indonesia, I-REDD+ research is taking place in Kutai Barat District in East Kalimatan, where the field site coordinator is WWF-Indonesia. For more information, please click here.

In Laos, I-REDD+ research focuses on the area around Nam et Phou Loey National Park in Huaphan Province, and in Viengkham District in Luang Prabang Province, where the National University of Laos is the field site coordinator. For more information, please click here.

In Vietnam, the research is taking place in Diem and Moi villages, in Cu Cuong District in Nghe An Province. The field site coordinator is Centre for Agricultural Research and Ecological Studies (CARES) at Hanoi University of Agriculture. For more information, please click here.

In China, I-REDD+ is active in Yunnan in the Administrative Village of Manlin in the Xiangming Township in Xishuagbanna Prefecture. For more information, please click here.