REDD demonstration activity in the Nam Et Phou Louey NPA in Luang Prabang, Houaphan and Xieng Khuang provinces
Nam Et Phou Louey National Protected Area (NEPL NPA) landscape, covers 5,950km2 of mountainous terrain in northern Laos and borders Vietnam on its northern boundary. The NEPL NPA ranks among the highest in the NPA system in terms of its contribution to biodiversity. The NEPL landscape is comprised mainly of dry evergreen and large areas of deciduous forest. Originally established in 1993, the NEPL NPA’s active management was initiated in 2000 with on-going technical and financial support first from the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and then in 2002, from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), who has since been extremely active in the area.
NEPL NPA was selected as a priority site for the CliPAD programme given WCS’ longstanding involvement in the area and its significance for biodiversity. However, after further assessments, the project was determined to be financially infeasible and was re-engineered under JNR (Jurisdictional and Nested REDD+) to reach across the entire Province of Houaphan. GIZ/KfW then teamed up with USAID's LEAF project (Lowering Emissions in Asia's Forests) and are co-implementing JNR together with the Lao Government.
The team will begin drafting a Jurisdictional Programme Description (JPD) by June 2014, and jurisdiction-wide biomass inventories are expected to start in mid-February 2014, co-supported by KfW and LEAF.