In the Media
Forestry experts promote IFM practices to reduce carbon emissions
August 07, 2012
23 regional and global forestry experts came together from May 3rd – 4th, 2012 to attend a workshop in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, co-organized by the USAID-funded Lowering Emissions in Asia’s Forests (LEAF) program and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on “Reduced Impact Logging: Challenges, Opportunities and Strategies in the Emerging Forest Carbon Economy.”
The event gathered government officials from the Indonesian, Fijian, Papua New Guinean and Malaysian forestry departments, participants from international forestry organizations, faculty from several universities from around the world, and representatives from the UN-REDD program and USAID to review the current status of Reduced Impact Logging (RIL) implementation in Asia, and to discuss challenges and opportunities in improving the sustainable management of production forests for climate change mitigation.
Participants discussed key themes and messages that will result in the development of policy briefs and a communications plan to promote increased adoption of RIL as a key mechanism for improving forest management and reducing carbon emissions. Forthcoming policy briefs will target policy-makers, forest managers and communities impacted by logging activities, and will be supported by a communications action plan detailing RIL promotion strategies for international and national bodies, climate change negotiators, and the media.
Please click here to read the proceedings .
Keywords: Asia, deforestation, Forest, LEAF, reduced impact logging, RIL