As of: November 2015
Resource and land use management promoting carbon capture/storage through compensation payments
Objective and activities
The aim of the project is to restore damaged forest landscapes in Central America using compensation payments based on the mechanism for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+). It follows a forest landscape restoration approach in which ecological and socio-economic functions and structures associated with damaged or destroyed forests and landscapes are reestablished. The project informs its partners on options for sustainable management of forest landscapes that will protect these areas while increasing their carbon stocks. Key partners are the Centro Agronómico Tropical de Investigación y Enseñanza (CATIE), an international training and research centre for tropical land management and forestry, and Unidad Regional de Asistencia Técnica (RUTA), an inter-institutional initiative of Central American countries whose purpose is to coordinate technical cooperation efforts. The Central American Commission on Environment and Development (Comisión Centroamericana de Ambiente y Desarrollo - CCAD) works to ensure cross-border networking. The project also supports the implementation of various sustainable landscape management methods, for example combinations of cropping and forestry or livestock and forestry, reforestation using native tree species and the use of non-wood forest products (including medicinal plants, nuts and fruits). In addition, the project is developing and expanding financing mechanisms for ecosystem services through which land users can receive compensation payments for sustainable management of forests, thereby improving their income over the long term.
State of implementation/results