World Agroforestry Centre and IISD Convene REDD Workshops

10 March 2010: Workshops for developing countries working to reduce emissions from deforestation and land use change were held in Nairobi, Kenya, from 1-3 March 2010, and Hue City, Viet Nam, from 8-10 March 2010.

The workshops were hosted by the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) and Alternatives to Slash and Burn Partnership for the Tropical Forest Margins (ASB), and the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD). The workshops follow previous meetings in 2009 on “REDD at the Copenhagen Climate Talks and Beyond- Bridging the Gap between Negotiations and Actions.”

The workshop in Kenya included 70 participants from 15 countries and the workshop in Viet Nam included 55 individuals from seven countries. At both meetings, delegates discussed: experiences with reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries (REDD) pilot projects; information on REDD methodologies; opportunities for funding; and issues at play in the lead up to COP16.

The meeting organizers produced a background paper, titled "REDD After Copenhagen: The Way Forward," which  analyzes the COP15 outcomes on REDD-plus and agriculture, forests and land use (AFOLU) and assesses key areas for moving ahead with REDD implementation. [Background Paper] [Workshop Website]