UN-REDD Workshop Raises Awareness of REDD+ Benefits

27 August 2012, Palu, Indonesia. Reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, including the role of conservation, sustainable use of forests and enhancement of carbon stock (REDD+) can result in multiple benefits such as conservation of forest biodiversity, soil, water, timber and forest products. In order to raise awareness of these benefits, the UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN‐REDD) National Programme Management Unit in Indonesia organized a Workshop on Multiple Benefits of REDD+ on 25 and 26 July 2012, in Palu, the capital of Central Sulawesi, which is a pilot province of the UN-REDD Programme in Indonesia.

More than 50 participants from the provincial REDD+ sub-working group, the provincial forestry council and various universities and NGOs were given a new perspective on the non-carbon benefits that could be achieved through REDD+ alongside climate change mitigation.

Opening sessions were given by a representative from the Ministry of Forestry and the head of the provincial Forestry Council. UN-REDD Programme staff from UNEP's World Conservation and Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) contributed an overview of the multiple benefits of REDD+ introducing the different benefit types, as well as social and environmental risks that can be associated with different REDD+ options. UNEP-WCMC also presented in a session on the economic values of multiple benefits and how to integrate them in REDD+ planning.

Further sessions presented a framework for the assessment of REDD+ options, the costs of REDD+, the importance of biodiversity benefits and examples of multiple benefits from Lore Lindu National Park in Central Sulawesi. A participatory session included two group discussions of the most important non-carbon benefits under REDD+ in Central Sulawesi and how to account for them. By involving many different stakeholders in the ongoing REDD+ process, the UN-REDD National Programme created a supportive environment for REDD+ in Central Sulawesi.

For further information please contact UN-REDD@UN-REDD.org or visit: http://www.un-redd.org/Newsletter31/Indonesia_Multiple_Benefits/tabid/102675/Default.aspx.