Analysis of the raw data of sample plots in the National Forest Inventory and Monitoring Programme (NFIMAP) – Cycle IV From 2006 to 2010
This report has been produced by the USAID-funded Lowering Emissions in Asia’s Forests (USAID LEAF) program in its support for the development of the Lam Dong Provincial REDD+ Action Plan (PRAP). The report details the results of an analysis of the raw data of primary sample plots collected during Cycle IV of the National Forest Inventory and Monitoring Programme (NFIMAP) in Lam Dong, which was conducted in 2010 to support greenhouse gas emission factor estimations. It is one of five technical reports that have been developed to help the Lam Dong Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) in defining an appropriate Forest Reference Level for the Province from which its policies and measures introduced to reduce emissions and increase greenhouse gas removals from the forestry sector can be measured against. These studies will strongly support the on-going development of the Lam Dong PRAP.
Over the past decade, various national and international organizations have made significant efforts to work out mechanisms to combat deforestation and reduce emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG) from the forest and land use sectors. They have attempted to quantify different values of forest resources and forest environmental services and propose workable market payment incentive mechanisms so as to effectively manage these valuable resources. Among these efforts, the most prominent initiative is the Reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation and the
role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks in developing countries (REDD+) mechanism. This performance based mechanism is aimed at compensating developing countries for conserving and protecting their forest resources, thereby reducing GHG emissions and increasing GHG removals. REDD+ mechanisms also seek to generate additional social and environmental benefits, or ‘multiple-benefits’, which
include biodiversity conservation, improvement of local livelihoods and gender equity.