Annual Review of REDD+ Activities in Lao PDR 2011
June, 2012. Department of Forestry, Lao PDR. iv + 56 pages
Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+) has become an important driver in project development in the forest sector over the past three years in Lao PDR, and 2011 was no exception. In 2009, pilot activities and new projects under the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF) sponsored mainly by bilateral government efforts were driving REDD+ project development in Lao PDR. In 2009, the Department of Forestry and REDD Task Force committed considerable time planning and preparing documents for donors to support future REDD+ activities in Lao PDR.
During 2011, a number of new projects and proposals were submitted to the Department of Forestry, however, the source of the proposals was not from bilateral donors, but from the private sector, NGOs and regional REDD+ programs. As a result, considerable capacity building was done throughout 2011 at national and provincial levels focusing on rasising public awareness on REDD+, increasing the Lao Government’s capacity to monitor and report forest information, and engage in stakeholder consultations.
There are several main achievements of the Department of Forestry and REDD+ Task Force in 2011 which deserve attention:
- The re-establishment of the REDD+ Task Force to include new members
- The Department of Forestry and REDD+ Task Force issued its plan for the future set up of the REDD+ office based on the R-PP. The REDD+ Office will remain under the Department of Forestry at a division level, in light of government restructuring.
- Lao PDR submitted its Forest Investment Plan to the Forest Investment Program (FIP)
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Keywords: i. Awareness & Capacity Building, j. FC Project Development & Review, Other Publications, Asia, bilateral, FIP, i-REDD, Lao PDR, Laos, mulilateral, national, projects, REDD, REDD task force, sub-national