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World Bank Institute, FCPF Launch Tool on Opportunity Costs of REDD+

8 April 2011: The World Bank Institute and Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) have published a training manual that shares hands-on experience from field programmes and presents the essential practical and theoretical steps, methods and tools to estimate the opportunity costs of reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation  in developing countries, as well as conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks (REDD+).

The manual addresses the calculation of costs and benefits of the various land use alternatives in relation to their carbon stocks and the identification of economic trade-offs involved in REDD+ activities. As required data are generally not readily available, the manual also includes information on data collection, analysis and evaluation techniques.

The new training manual was launched and piloted at a recent workshop organized with the UN-REDD Programme in Arusha, Tanzania, in November 2010, attended by eight countries. Other workshops in 2011 will target South and Southeast Asia, and Latin America. [Publication: Estimating the Opportunity Costs of REDD+]