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Workshop Held in the Democratic Republic of the Congo on Spatial Planning Tools for Achieving Multiple Benefits from REDD+

Policy-makers and technicians brought together to test software and mapping tools for the purpose of REDD+ planning for multiple benefits.

Two policy sessions and one training workshop on spatial planning for multiple benefits from REDD+ were held in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) from 1424 June 2013, with a focus on the software tools that might support this process.

Participants at policy workshop held in Kinshasa from 14–24 June 2013

The first policy workshop gathered stakeholders from a wide range of ministries, governmental agencies, NGOs and members of civil society, to discuss how multiple benefits from REDD+ interact spatially. The relationships between different benefits from REDD+ and how the location of different REDD+ actions might affect them were explored in an interactive exercise overlaying transparent maps of data on land cover, land use, ecosystem services, biodiversity conservation and human pressures. The participants decided which spatial information was relevant and defined associated targets for multiple benefits from a given REDD+ action: the zoning of forest into different classes.  This exercise set the parameters of a worked example for the subsequent technical training.

After the policy workshop, a week-long training course on conservation planning software was carried out with six technicians from the Direction des Inventaires et Aménagements Forestiers (DIAF) of DRC’s Ministry of Environment, Conservation, Nature and Tourism, the Observatoire Satellital des Forêts d'Afrique Centrale (OSFAC) and the École Régionale Post-universitaire d'Aménagement et de Gestion Intégrée des Forêts Tropicales (ERAIFT). The course involved technical training on Marxan, a software tool for optimizing conservation planning, used in combination with Quantum GIS, a mapping and geographic analysis tool. Both programmes are open-source and free to use. Throughout the week, interactive exercises were also conducted to ground the technical training in a policy context and further the understanding of participants on REDD+ and Multiple Benefits by the participants.

By the end of the training, participants were able to use Marxan to produce simulation maps of priority areas for REDD+, based on the parameters of the worked example. These results were presented to a final policy session on 24th June. This session was an occasion for the participants thus trained to showcase their work to decision-makers and for decision-makers to ask any questions they had on the advantages and limitations of using such tools. A discussion followed on the respective qualities of software tools and simpler mapping approaches for the identification of priority areas for different REDD+ actions under the National REDD+ Framework Strategy.

The expected outcome is that the DRC will have technicians who are able to support planning for REDD+ that will enhance multiple benefits. A report on how software planning tools might be applied for REDD+ will be published in July and will be made available on this website, along with presentations and tutorials used for the training.





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