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Building capacity for forest and carbon monitoring

Program Highlights: Building capacity for forest and carbon monitoring

30 December 2015

Reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation requires strong commitment and investments from governments and other stakeholders. Effective measures need to be designed and implemented to divert business as usual pathways into low emission trajectories. To compensate developing countries for their efforts, REDD+ offers performance-based payments based on the tons of CO2 equivalent reduced. In order to receive such payments, countries will have to demonstrate that they are reducing emissions from forest related sources or enhancing or conserving forests carbon stocks.

Vietnam has made public commitments to reduce emissions through its National REDD+ Action Plan. However, the country initially lacked the capacity to effectively measure and monitor emissions and carbon stocks, limiting its potential to tap into REDD+ funding. To address this gap, USAID LEAF developed a set of tools and provided trainings to enable consistent data collection and analysis for REDD+ purposes. These trainings are part of USAID LEAF’s commitment to build and institutionalize technical capacity across the region for forest and carbon monitoring. Government officials, scientists, consultants, university staff and foresters from all over Vietnam completed an intensive technical training course on how to use the tools. The trainings were carefully designed through a combined effort of the USAID LEAF team and improved over time based on feedback from the participants.