The SUMERNET research team working on REDD+ has been observing the development of national REDD+ strategies in Cambodia. One of the key findings is that technical inputs needed for strategy development are lacking. This is despite the completion of the required activities such as assessing drivers of deforestation and forest degradation; establishing safeguard and national forest monitoring systems; and developing emission and forest reference levels. This constraint means that crucial decisions on the national strategy have been made without adequate technical knowledge of the processes and implications. In addition, there are political challenges arising from stakeholders having different interests and concerns.
These findings form part of the research team’s examination of the processes, challenges and opportunities that Cambodia, Myanmar and Thailand have or will face in developing national REDD+ strategies. The team will host workshops in each country later this year to convey results and recommendations to policy makers and boundary partners.
Countries aiming to receive REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) financing are required by the UNFCCC, under the Warsaw Framework for REDD+, to develop national REDD+ strategies. These national documents, which detail a country’s policies and measures for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, have been the focus of the REDD+ research team from Cambodia, Myanmar and Thailand.
The objective of the 6th CSO Forum on Social Forestry was to continue being the platform to discuss, distil, consolidate, and elevate messages and learnings of CSOs and smallholders on Social Forestry, Climate Change and related topics and develop concret
As of June 1, 2015, the REDD+ team has conducted over 50 interviews and attended more than 20 policy observations. All three teams have also been collecting, collating and analyzing archival materials including past and current policies, laws and regulati
A research consortium of institutions from Cambodia, Myanmar and Thailand is engaging with multiple stakeholders to identify barriers to and opportunities for the implementation of REDD+ national strategies.