REDD+ Pilot Project at Xe Pian NPA

Initiative

Summary

Xe Pian National Protected Area (NPA) was established in 1993. Covering 240,000 hectares and located within the provinces of Champasak and Attapeu, the area is considered to be one of the three most important NPAs in Lao in terms of its significance of biodiversity.

The REDD+ Pilot Project at Xe Pian NPA has been designed according to Voluntary Carbon Standard (VCS) methodologies. The pilot project aims to increase knowledge of REDD+ among local and regional WWF staff as well as among the National Park Administration, Provincial and District Agricultural and Forestry Offices (PAFO, DAFO) and the local population.

The project involves the execution of a forest data assessment carried out by Australian Federal Forests, the Department of Forestry and WWF Laos, in close collaboration with local communities. The project aims to improve the management of the NPA and intends to increase the generation of alternative income for local communities through the sustainable use of natural resources.

The project is being designed for validation under the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) and the Climate, Community and Biodiversity (CCB) standard, with the project design document under development as of the end of 2012. 

Originally, the project was intended for implementation in 2010, however, the project is now due for implementation in 2013. 

For more information, please click here to read a summary of the project by WWF.