Workshop on Spatial Analysis to Support REDD+ Planning in Bangkok
The workshop “Supporting planning for REDD+ activities through spatial analysis” organized by the UN-REDD Programme was held in the Swissôtel Nai Lert Park in Bangkok, from 9-11 October.
The workshop brought together 35 people from around the Asia-Pacific region, including 23 participants from 15 UN-REDD partner countries, alongside representatives of civil society and indigenous peoples.
Participants built spatial analysis skills to support their countries in addressing multiple benefits in their REDD+ strategy development and planning of REDD+ demonstration activities. Participants left with an enhanced understanding of how spatial information can support decisions on REDD+ action location, insight into free global spatial datasets relevant for REDD+ spatial planning, and examples of local stakeholder involvement in collection, validation and reporting of land-use, forest and biodiversity related data for spatial analysis.
Presentations were given by country participants to share their national experiences in REDD+ spatial planning, along with presentations from international experts from the UN-REDD Programme. The presentations are available here.
Several types of activities were also carried out during the workshop. Interactive exercises allowed the participants to work together on a range of issues, such as identifying potential risks and benefits from specific REDD+ actions and what solutions are offered by spatial analysis to mitigate the risks and enhance the potential benefits from REDD+, and formulating questions related to REDD+ spatial planning that could potentially be solved by Global Information Systems (GIS) technicians.
The last day of the workshop was dedicated to technical clinic sessions, consisting of a discussion on a selected topic in small groups and the production of personal next steps for participant’s to address the topic in their country’s context. Participants had the opportunity to attend two out of three clinic sessions tailored to their needs: data collection by local stakeholders and participative decision-making; free global datasets; and economic analyses for REDD+. The interactive nature of these sessions was acknowledged as very useful by the participants.
The future needs identified by the participants included the need for resources to support economic analyses for REDD+ planning, to hold similar workshops at the national level, to provide further insight into how spatial information can be used to consider REDD+ action implementation costs and opportunity cost, and for further facilitation of South-South learning. Participants were pleased with the workshop content and its organization.