Reducing Emissions from All Land Uses (REALU) and REDD-ALERT national workshops in Peru

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Participants of the REALU National Workshop

Lima, April 9th 2010.– More than 113 participants gathered to understand why a whole landscape approach for carbon accounting is needed in order to reduce effectively deforestation and degradation. Targeting forest per se may not have the positive outcomes expected, a comprehensive approach that sees beyond the forests into productive systems with high carbon stocks, such as agroforestry, is key.

The national workshop on “Initiatives to reduce deforestation in the Peruvian Andean-Amazon” had three specific objectives:
1.    Contribute to building a national proposal to reduce the Andean-Amazon deforestation.
2.    Build the capacity of participants about key topics on international negotiations on deforestation and climate change.
3.    Socialize the preliminary results of the ASB-ICRAF “Reducing Emissions from All Land Uses (REALU)”, including carbon value chains.

in October 2009, three smaller workshops were conducted in the most deforested areas of the country: Loreto, San Martin and Ucayali, as a way of raising awareness about the REALU approach and and documenting the perceptions on fairness and efficiency along the REDD value chain. Similar studies have been conducted in Indonesia (See ASB Policybriefs 14).

The National workshop discussions helped documenting successful initiatives about reverting deforestation and degradation in Peru. Participants came from regional and national government agencies, research institutions, NGOs and private forest concession holders in Peru. They interacted with experts from the ASB Partnership for the Tropical Forest Margins and the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) Peru, the Ministry of Environment (MINAM), the Peruvian Society for Environmental Law (SPDA),  the National Institute for Agricultural Research (INIA), the International Centre for Tropical Agricultural (CIAT) and the Amazon Initiative, among others.

The REALU Architecture Project goal is to strengthen the ability of developing countries to build and implement effective strategies for reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation (REDD) within a context of rural development, national sovereignty, respect for local and indigenous peoples’ rights and integrity of national and global greenhouse gas accounting systems. The outputs of REALU will contribute to the climate change policy framework in the lead-up to Mexico in December 2010. This workshop is the major output in Peru for the NORAD funded ASB-ICRAF REALU Project (July 2009 – July 2010) and was organized by ASB, ICRAF Peru, MINAM, SPDA, and INIA.

In Peru, ASB has a long standing relationship with INIA, the Corporation for the Sustainable Development of Ucayali (CODESU), the Peruvian Institute of Amazonian Research (IIAP) among many others in the ASB benchmark site area of the Aguaytia watershed, Ucayali.  The national workshop was followed by the launching workshop of the EU funded “REDD-ALERT” project. In this second workshop, about 50 participants from around the country  contributed to build the content and document existing research about REDD in Peru. After this, Dr. Peter Akong Minang, ASB Global Coordinator, and Dr. Robin Matthews, Coordinator of REDD ALERT,  visited the city of Pucallpa and met local partners in the Aguaytia watershed, Ucayali, Peru.

See National workshop pictures at: http://picasaweb.google.com/moisesbenites/TALLERNACIONALIniciativasParaReducirLaDeforestacionEnLaRegionAndinoAmazonica

See minutes of workshop (in Spanish): [Coming soon]

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About sandravelarde

Peruvian Forest Engineer (UNALM) and MSc. in Ecological Economics (University of Edinburgh, UK). I am a natural resource management specialist. My experience is in socio-economics in tropical forests, evaluating the trade-offs across different land uses: biodiversity, carbon,and profitability (FAO, ASB, ICRAF). My PhD thesis at the Australian National University (ANU) is about tree planting for bioenergy. My passion: Planning and capacity building, using participatory methods, like Future Scenarios (CIFOR, ASB, ICRAF, Millennium Ecosystem Assessment). Currently working as Economist / transdisciplinary scientist at the New Zealand Forest Research Institute (Scion).

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