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Understanding Community Forest Carbon Inventory and Monitoring

Understanding Community Forest Carbon Inventory and Monitoring:

Sharing knowledge and skills from the KEF Experience

April 19-23

KEF, Imugan, Nueva Vizcaya

Knowledge and skills sharing brief overview

NTFP-EP in coordination with CoDe REDD partners are interested in building the capacity of forest-based community groups and their partners in forest carbon inventory and monitoring. An entry point to embark on community forest carbon inventory and monitoring would be to investigate existing community initiatives in forest carbon estimation. One such organization which has been pioneering in community forest carbon inventory is Kalahan Educational Foundation in Imugan, Nueva Vizcaya, Philippines.

To learn from the KEF experience,  four-day knowledge and skills sharing workshop will be conducted. The 4-day activity will revolve around the KEF experience spanning over 15 years in forest inventory and carbon monitoring in Imugan, Nueva Vizcaya.

In the last days of the workshop, cases, guidelines and standards for forest carbon, and in particular REDD projects, will be discussed. This will help surface the challenges in pursuing forest carbon / REDD projects. There will also be time to discuss socio-economic and environmental safeguards and co-benefits that can be monitored.  It is hoped that taking stock from KEF experience will help inform other communities and their support groups on pro-community REDD+ processes. This will feed into the final component of the workshop which is an action planning activity.

This workshop is catering to communities with pending forest carbon projects in their areas and their support organizations.

Objectives -the four day knowledge and skills share specifically aims:

  1. To share the basics on forest carbon links to climate change and potentials of community forest carbon inventory and monitoring
  2. To understand the KEF forest carbon inventory and monitoring experience
  3. To discuss and physically observe the conduct of KEF forest carbon inventory and monitoring
  4. To understand REDD + processes (guidelines, standards, etc) and challenges in implementing a REDD+ project, including other case studies
  5. To identify needed action to address challenges in implementing a REDD+ project;

Module 1: Forest Carbon, CC and communities

Module 2: Forest carbon Inventory: the KEF experience (Day 1)

DAY 1 Content and Person (s) responsible Methodologies
Module 1 objective

To share the basics of forest carbon links to climate change and the potentials of community in forest carbon inventory and monitoring

(AM)


Lecture on Forests, carbon and climate change (science) can be taken from elti standard module

International discussions  (what is happening globally) – very brief just a few slides to contextualize

Potentials of communities in forest carbon monitoring (maybe rodel and remy’s paper from ASFN – subic presentation) can be reference for this

Open forum

  • Film showing (15 min film of ntfp-ep )

    Lecture
Module 2 objective: to understand the KEF forest carbon inventory and monitoring experience

(PM)

Pastor Rice and team will discuss the ff:

THE STORY

  • Why did KEF embark on forest carbon monitoring (motivation)
  • How did KEF start?
  • What are the different steps involved?   (project cycle)
  • What are the methods being used? Why these?
  • Who is conducting the forest inventory
  • What are the skill requirements of KEF for this method?
  • Who else has helped KEF on this? How did they help? Methods? Etc
  • What are the different tools used and how are they used (inventory and spatial, satellite data)
  • How have you monitored the carbon stock over time?
  • Difficulties? Challenges?

THE ANALYSIS AND PAPER WORK

  • What is the KEF experience on consolidating the data
  • Analyzing the data
  • Other non – carbon data included? Socio-economic, Biodiversity etc?
  • Preparing the project documents. Who did what and what was necessary?

THE NEGOTIATIONS, THE STATUS?

Negotiations with investors, funders, Mitsubishi

Concerns about the contract

The details of the deal

Where are you now with this contract?

What is status of KEF initiatives

THE LESSONS

  • What were the facilitating and hindering experiences
  • What has been the impact? What is advice for other communities (message?)?
  • Sharing
  • Anecdotal stories
  • Timeline
Module 3: Relevant elements of KEF experience (Day 2)
DAY 2 Person (s) responsible Methodologies
Module 3 objective: to discuss and observe relevant elements of KEF experience

(am – leacture,

pm -in the forest)

Pastor Rice & team

ICRAF team

  • KEF project cycle
  • Further in depth discussion of KEF design and methods
  • Breaking up into teams to go with each forester that can show how they do the methods in different forest plots (this is so that people don’t have to crowd around one resource person? Maybe 2-3 teams? But all near one area?)
  • Establishing Forest homogenous plots, data gathering and computing carbon stocks

Identifying areas of enhancement

  • brainstorming
  • meta cards
  • Bitay max
  • Simulation exercise on forest carbon measurement
  • Management of Learning (MOL)to distill lessons learned
Module 4: REDD plus project cycle, guidelines, technical elements, standards etc
Module 4, objective: To understand REDD + processes (guidelines, standards, etc) and challenges in implementing REDD+ project, including other case studies Capacity building team (who?)
  • REDD + project cycle
  • Guidelines & tools of REDD+ project
  • Technical elements of redd+
  • Review of forest carbon standards
  • Could also discuss ELTI’s standard modules, as follows:

  1. Issues and concerns in project development
  2. Case studies
  3. Carbon measurement accounting

Review of VCS and AFOLU methodologies

  • Instructional session with Capabuild team
  • Brainstorming
  • Bitay max
  • metacards
  • Coaching/mentoring by capabuild group
  • Hands on data encoding
  • Management of Learning (MOL)to distill lessons learned
Module 5: To identify needed action to address challenges in implementing REDD+ project and come up with a plan of action (Day 4 am)(travel to manila after lunch))
Module 5 objective: After identifying challenges, participants are expected to  come up with action plan on how to address these challenges through a plan of action on a per area need Capacity building team
  • Instructional session with Capabuild team
  • Brainstorming
  • Bitay max
  • metacards
  • Coaching/mentoring by capability building group
  • Evaluation
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