Assessing data availability for the development of REDD-plus national reference levels

Chisa Umemiya, Masahiro Amano, Suphawadee Wilamart

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    Background: Data availability in developing countries is known to be extremely varied and is one of the constraints for setting the national reference levels (RLs) for the REDD-plus (i.e. 'Policy approaches and positive incentives on issues relating to reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries; and the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks in developing countries') under the UNFCCC. Taking Thailand as a case study country, this paper compares three types of RLs, which require different levels of datasets, including a simple historic RL, a projected forest-trend RL, and a business-as-usual (BAU) RL.Results: Other than the finding that different RLs yielded different estimations on future deforestation areas, the analysis also identified the characteristics of each RL. The historical RL demanded simple data, but can be varied in accordance with a reference year or period. The forest-trend RL can be more reliable than the historical RL, if the country's deforestation trend curve is formed smoothly. The complicated BAU RL is useful as it can demonstrate the additionality of REDD-plus activities and distinguish the country's unintentional efforts.Conclusions: With the REDD-plus that involves widespread participation, there should be steps from which countries choose the appropriate RL; ranging from simpler to more complex measures, in accordance with data availability in each country. Once registered with REDD-plus, the countries with weak capacity and capability should be supported to enhance the data collection system in that country.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number06
    JournalCarbon Balance and Management
    Volume5
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2010 Sep 30

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    deforestation
    developing world
    policy approach
    United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
    incentive
    degradation
    carbon
    trend
    analysis
    participation

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    • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)
    • Global and Planetary Change
    • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
    • Earth and Planetary Sciences (miscellaneous)

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    Assessing data availability for the development of REDD-plus national reference levels. / Umemiya, Chisa; Amano, Masahiro; Wilamart, Suphawadee.

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    Umemiya, Chisa ; Amano, Masahiro ; Wilamart, Suphawadee. / Assessing data availability for the development of REDD-plus national reference levels. In: Carbon Balance and Management. 2010 ; Vol. 5.
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