Forest Carbon, partnering with GIZ Laos through the CliPAD programme, has begun a groundbreaking jurisdictional forest carbon accounting and mapping project in the Khammouane Province of Laos this month. Forest Carbon will carry out a jurisdiction-wide, wall-to-wall REDD+ analysis, identifying potential investment opportunities for private companies interested in forest conservation and ecosystem restoration. High-resolution remote sensing data and extensive ground truthing will contribute to the forest classification and carbon stratification analyses, covering the entire province, and putting Khammouane in place to take advantage of potential private sector investment through the voluntary carbon market.
Forest loss and degradation have in recent decades led to a rapid decline in the natural forests of Laos. The consequences of widespread deforestation and degradation are loss of biodiversity, limited availability of forest products, and a decline in the environmental services provided by the forests such as watershed and soil protection, biodiversity conservation and carbon sequestration. The poorest groups in Lao society, those that are highly dependent upon forests and ecosystem services for subsistence livelihoods, are most seriously affected by these losses of natural capital.
Forest Carbon, operating out of its newly opened Indochina office in Vientiane, is a Southeast Asian environmental consulting organization, with an established track record on conservation and climate change mitigation through sustainable forestry. GIZ Laos’ Climate Protection through Avoided Deforestation (CliPAD) programme, agreed upon by Lao and German governments, is designed to strengthen park management, work in collaboration with local communities and develop pro-poor REDD strategies and incentive schemes to protect biodiversity while mitigating climate change and alleviating poverty.
After analyzing carbon stratification and historical forest change over the last ten years using data collected from 2 weeks of field based data collection, Forest Carbon is tasked with recommending priority areas in the province for project-level private sector and NGO REDD+ interventions. They will also highlight some of the most promising types of mitigation activities through on-the-ground stakeholder consultations and interviews. The final report is slated for mid-March, 2013.
About Forest Carbon
Forest Carbon (forest-carbon.co.id) is a Southeast Asian based environmental consulting and technology company that has extensive experience in ecosystem mapping, remote sensing, and satellite imagery analysis. Forest Carbon also works with companies within the natural resource management sector to implement efficient operating systems that utilize spatial mapping and GIS services.