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2009/05 Forests, Climate Change, and Ecosystem Services Training Pretoria, South Africa

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Contributors: The Katoomba Group, Forest Trends, Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), World Agroforestry Center (ICRAF), USAID/EGAT’s Climate Change, Forestry, and Land Team
The Katoomba Group Forest Trends Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) USAID/EGAT’s Climate Change, Forestry, and Land Team
May 11-13, 2009, Pretoria, South Africa - Workshop on Ecosystem Services, Forests, and Climate Change. The event was organized by Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), World Agroforestry Centre (aka ICRAF), Forest Trends, the Katoomba Group and USAID/EGAT’s Climate Change, Forestry, and Land Team, and was made possible by support from USAID through the TransLinks Cooperative Agreement.
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DAY 1: May 11, 2009

Time Description

8:30—9:00am

REGISTRATION

9:00—10:00am

WELCOME, INTRODUCTIONS, WORKSHOP OBJECTIVES AND CONTENTS

Erik Streed, USAID and Brent Swallow, ICRAF

10:00—11:00am

FOREST AND CLIMATE CHANGE OVERVIEW, ICRAF

This session will introduce how climate change relates to forest sector activities within a general framework of sustainable development

11:00—11:15am

BREAK

11:15am- 12:30pm

FORESTS AND CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION - PART 1, ICRAF

Presentation and discussion on how forests provide adaptation benefits to the society and on how to better manage forests so they themselves are less vulnerable to climate change impacts.

12:30-1:30pm

LUNCH

1:30-2:30pm

FORESTS AND CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION - PART 2, ICRAF

Adaptation case studies & discussion

2:30 - 3:30pm

FOREST CARBON ACCOUNTING - PART 1

What is carbon accounting and why it’s needed? What are the levels of accuracy needed for different purposes, and what are associated costs, data needs, and methodologies?

3:30- 3:45pm

BREAK

3:45 - 5:00pm

USAID FOREST CARBON CALCULATOR

Erik Streed, USAID

A demonstration of USAID’s new web-based forest carbon calculator and a chance for participants in small groups to enter real project data. Discussion of data needs and how to incorporate into USAID’s programs.

5:00-5:30pm

WRAP UP

Brent Swallow, ICRAF

DAY 2: MAY 12, 2009

Time Description

8:30—9:00am

REGISTRATION

9:00—9:15am

RECAP OF DAY 1 & OVERVIEW OF DAY 2

Brent Swallow, ICRAF

9:15–9:40am

USAID'S PERSPECTIVE ON CLIMATE CHANGE AND DEVELOPMENT

Duane Muller, USAID
- Overview US Policy Approach to Climate Change

9:40-10:00am

USAID'S EFFORTS IN PES FROM A DEVELOPMENT PERSPECTIVE

Erik Streed, USAID

10:00-10:15am

QUESTIONS & DISCUSSION

10:15-10:30am

BREAK

10:30am-12:15pm

WHAT ARE ENVIRONMENTAL MARKETS AND PAYMENTS FOR ECOSYSTEM SERVICES (PES)? WHY ARE THEY BEING ESTABLISHED? WHAT MARKETS EXIST?

Erik Streed, USAID
- Rationale for a market-based approach
- Types of markets & payments
- Ecological areas of focus
- Geographic spread

12:15-1:30pm

LUNCH

1:30-2:30pm

PES IN EAST AND SOUTHERN AFRICA: OVERVIEW

Alice Ruhweza, East & Southern Africa Katoomba Group

2:30-3:30PM

PES IN SOUTH AFRICA: CASE STUDIES

Hugo Van Zyl, C.A.P.E.

3:30-4:00pm

BREAK

4:00-4:30pm

USAID/TIST: APES/GCC CASE STUDY

Erik Streed, USAID

4:30-5:15pm

WHAT ARE THE KEY QUESTIONS TO ASK - AND STEPS TO UNDERTAKE - IN ASSESSING WHETHER OR NOT TO ENCOURAGE PROJECT ENGAGEMENT WITH MARKETS IN PES?

Alice Ruhweza, East & Southern Africa Katoomba Group

Step 1: Identifying ecosystem service prospects & researching potential buyers

- Defining, measuring, and assessing the ecosystem services in a particular area
- Determining marketable value
- Identifying prospective buyers
- Considering whether to sell as individuals or as a group

Step 2: Assessing institutional & technical capacity

- Assessing legal, policy, and land ownership context
- Examining existing rules for PES markets and deals
- Surveying available PES-support services and organizations

Step 3: Structuring agreements

- Designing management and business plans
- Reducing transactions costs
- Reviewing options for payment types
- Selecting a contract type

Step 4: Implementing PES agreements

- Finalizing the PES management plan
- Implementing activities
- Verifying PES service delivery and benefits
- Monitoring and evaluating the deal

5:15-6:00PM

BREAK

6:00pm

CLOSING REMARKS

Erik Streed, USAID

DAY 3 - May 13, 2009

Time Description

8:30—9:00am

RECAP OF DAY 2 & OVERVIEW OF DAY 3

9:00—10:30am

FOREST CARBON ACCOUNTING - PART 2

This session will introduce IPCC guidelines for greenhouse gas inventories, and explain requirements for national and regional land use GHG inventories under the UNFCCC. There will be a related exercise/discussion.

10:30-10:45am

BREAK

10:45am-12:30pm

CARBON MARKETS AND FINANCE

This session will introduce carbon markets relevant for forestry. It will introduce concepts like baseline, additionality, leakage, permanence, certification, verification, and co-benefits. A real life example will be used to show how these concepts are applied in the design of a specific project.

12:30- 1:30pm

LUNCH

12:30-3:00pm

REDUCING EMISSIONS FROM DEFORESTATION AND DEGRADATION (REDD)

The presentation will provide an overview of the concept and its current status in negotiations. It will discuss remaining key issues and challenges (scope, baselines, finance, scale, accounting, co-benefits etc.) and options. It will also summarize the current major initiatives and regional trends. There will be a related exercise/discussion.

3:00-3:15pm

BREAK

3:15-4:30pm

EXERCISE ON A FRAMEWORK OF A REDD SCHEME

Design exercise on a national/sub-national REDD scheme. How do we apply what we have learned in this training in real or hypothetical situations and projects?

4:30- 5:30pm

FINAL DISCUSSION & ADJOURN

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