From October 28 – November 1, the USAID-funded Lowering Emissions in Asia’s Forests (LEAF) program held a technical training on forest carbon stratification and estimating historical emissions in Da Lat, Vietnam.
The hands-on training allowed 27 Vietnamese geospatial analysts and foresters to develop a preliminary reference level for Lam Dong Province to be approved by the Provincial People’s Committee in early 2014. The Vietnam Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) will use this reference level to accurately account for forest-based greenhouse gas emissions. It will serve as the core of the Lam Dong Provincial REDD+ Action Plan, one of the first subnational models in the region for integrated low emissions development planning from the forestry sector.
The training builds on LEAF’s Technical Guidance on the Development of REDD+ Reference Level and Guidelines for Stratification for REDD+ tools, which will also be used in LEAF’s four targeted low emission landscapes in Lao PDR, Papua New Guinea, Thailand and Vietnam.