Land use planning for low emission development strategy (LUWES) – Case studies from Indonesia
December, 2011. Sonya Dewi, Andre Ekadinata, Gamma Galudra, Putra Agung, and Feri Johana. Bogor, Indonesia. World Agroforestry Centre - ICRAF, SEA Regional Office. 47 pages. ISBN 978-979-3198-58-3
Opportunities for reducing greenhouse gas emissions exist across all sectors of the economy and across a wide geographic area, but emissions from forest and peatland conversion dominate the field, as well as the public debate. With the advent of REDD+, the introduction of an Indonesian action plan for emissions reduction under the remit of the Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action (NAMA), and the potential for increased financial flows into carbon-rich landscapes, the question of how to relate national commitment to local context and effective implementation is more important than ever. Rather than focusing on short-term emissions reduction strategies, the debate has shifted towards new ‘clean development’ strategies that focus on maintaining high carbon stocks with low carbon flows, while still achieving development goals.
Land Use Planning for Low Emission Development Strategy (LUWES) is a platform for developing a multiple stakeholder decision-making process to establish land use plans for sustainable development, which can reduce greenhouse gas emissions from land-based activity while simultaneously maintaining economic growth. It can simulate emissions reduction scenarios within specific zones of a landscape, or across an entire landscape, in order to produce ex ante emissions reduction and opportunity cost forecasts. It also recognizes the impact of land use allocation policies and distribution on tenure and livelihood. LUWES can accommodate the integration process between multiple modalities of land-based emission reductions (such as REDD+; Locally Appropriate Mitigation Action (LAMA); and the voluntary carbon market) at the planning stage across a common landscape.
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Keywords: d. Forest & Emissions Assessments, f. Reference Emission Levels, Other Publications, Asia, Indonesia, land, Land use planning, LUWES, Papua, REDD