An inception workshop was held earlier this month in Siem Reap to launch the REDD+ Community Carbon Pools programme in Cambodia. The programme, which was initiated in June 2011, shares knowledge gained from the practical implementation of reduced emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+) projects in Indonesia, Vietnam , the Philippines and now Cambodia.
With funding from the European Union, the programme is specifically looking at the pooling of multiple community forests into groups to undertake REDD+ related activities. In doing so, the groups benefit from economies of scale, saving on certification costs. Grouping also allows communities to share experiences and to learn from one another.
In Cambodia the programme is currently exploring 16 community forest sites, from which 11 will be chosen. Activities will take place at these sites until July 2014 and will include the strengthening of local government and local community participation in REDD+ and the dissemination of lessons learnt to sub-national, national and regional forums.
The induction workshop was attended by 40 participants including representatives and members from nine Community Forest Management Committees, local and international NGOs, provincial government officials and representatives from the Central Government.