Forest and Trees

Forests and trees play significant roles in the lives of Pacific Islanders, economically, socially, culturally and environmentally. In many Pacific island countries, especially on the smaller islands and atolls, agroforestry and tree crops provide most of the food, medicines, construction materials, firewood, tools and myriad of other products and services that cannot be replaced with imported substitutions. For the larger countries, forests have contributed significantly into their economic development in terms of foreign exchange earnings, employment and infrastructure development. Thus, a major challenge for Pacific Island countries and territories (PICTs) is to ensure sustainable management of their scarce and diminishing forest and tree resources, taking into account demands for economic development and the social and environmental needs of their growing populations, LRD-SPC is addressing this under its Forest & Tree programme.

Regional Workshop on Forest Carbon Assessment and Monitoring in Pacific Island Countries
Thursday, 25 February 2010 12:40

Background

Forests are vital to the well-being of the people in the Pacific Region.  They provide food, medicine, wood, fibre, energy and water, prevent or mitigate impact of natural disasters and maintain biodiversity.  Culture of the Pacific is deeply linked to the forests.  Moreover, the issues of mitigation of and adaptation to climate change make forests in the region even more important since Pacific Island Countries (PICs) are some of the most vulnerable to climate change.

Despite the above, forests in the region have not been sufficiently studied nor properly managed.  Some countries have lost most of their original forests.  Forest cover in the region is decreasing and many of the existing forests are degraded.  People have been utilising their forest resources in an unsustainable manner.  The governments and people of the region recognise the importance of sustainable forest management.  However the lack of capacity and resources prevent them from implementing sustainable forest management.

The international community has now realized the necessity of providing economic incentives for sustainable forest management in developing countries to stop deforestation and forest degradation, which is one of the major contributors of greenhouse gas emissions.  Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (REDD+) is currently being negotiated under UNFCCC to become part of the future climate change regime.  Member countries are working together to formulate the requirements for the system, develop guidance and build capacities to implement REDD+.  This mechanism provides new opportunities for PICs to build capacity on sustainable forest management.

One of the major technical barriers for REDD+ implementation is accurate forest and carbon monitoring at the national level.  In recent years, a number of projects on forest and carbon monitoring have been implemented or started in the region.  It is important that foresters of PICs learn from these projects to ensure that the most appropriate forest and carbon monitoring system for each country is implemented.  In this context, SPC, GIZ and JICA with the financial support from EU-ACP-FORENET, would like to invite you to a “Regional workshop on forest carbon assessment and monitoring in PICs” to build capacities and to strengthen the network of forestry officers and experts working in the area of forest carbon assessment in the region.

Objectives

  • Build capacity of key personnel and institutions on forest carbon assessment and monitoring in PICs
    • Share information on the latest methodologies and technologies for forest carbon monitoring
    • Identify common challenges
    • Discuss the regional standard methodologies
    • Establish a regional forest carbon monitoring technical group
    • Contribute into the discussion towards the formulation of the draft Regional Policy Framework for REDD+

Workshop Sessions

Session 1: Requirement of forest carbon monitoring for REDD+ and international case studies

Session 2: Project scale forest carbon assessment in PICs

Session 3: Methodologies for field carbon assessment

Session 4: Remote sensing and GIS (technical issues and capacity building)

Session 5: National forest carbon assessment and MRV in PICs

Session 6: Regional MRV support

Session 7: Trainings on database for Monitoring, Assessment and Reporting for Sustainable Forest Management (MAR) in PICs

Expected Workshop Outputs

About 30 participants from Pacific Island Countries with improved knowledge on carbon assessment and monitoring, establish network and trained in database management of forest research and inventory data

  • Pacific regional proposal for MRV support
  • Set of recommendations for inclusion in Regional Policy Framework for REDD+
  • Published workshop report

For more information, please contact Vinesh Prasad via email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and visit this link for presentations 
http://www.spc.int/lrd/index.php?option=com_docman&task=cat_view&gid=441&Itemid=514

 

We acknowledge our major donors/partners in supporting Forestry initiatives in the Pacific