To support a country-driven approach to tenure and REDD+, whereby multiple stakeholders are encouraged to participate in the process of assessment, capacity building, and reform;
The Knowledge Exchange will facilitate a cross-country dialogue among REDD+ decision-makers, focusing on sharing national approaches and priorities for REDD+ implementation, including the nesting of sub-national and project-level initiatives. These discussions will delve into the challenges governments face in effectively participating in high-integrity forest carbon finance, drawing from international examples and lessons learned.
Government decision makers, regulators, project developers and intermediaries with experience and direct involvement in REDD+ implementation and carbon market frameworks, with focus on UNREDD priority countries namely Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Nepal, Papua New Guinea, Thailand, and Viet Nam.
Register by 30 September 2023.
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Forest trade in the Lower Mekong region is in transition. Viet Nam and Thailand are booming as wood processing and export hubs. Source countries like Lao PDR, Myanmar and Cambodia are transitioning to more sustainable plantation-based timber industries. China plays a key role as an export destination because of the significant domestic consumption of wood products and the size of the wood processing industry for re-export. In recent years, there has been plunge in the export of primary wood products from the Lower Mekong to China. One species of particular note has been rosewood. China’s demand for rosewood has dampened in recent years by escalating prices, resulting in part from improved control on export of CITES-listed species, and the availability of less costly substitute species from Africa. These developments indicate both sustainability concerns and opportunities.
Held on the margins of the XV World Forestry Congress, this UN-REDD side event brought together governments, private companies, smallholders and financial institutions in China and the Lower Mekong region to discuss the interface between timber market demand and efforts to make supply chains legal and more sustainable. It also painted a vision of how a balance can be found between the growing Chinese market and supply chain actors to achieve a strong and sustainable forest industry in the region and beyond.
The dialogue connected over 150 participants comprising smallholder timber suppliers, traders, financiers, governments and project partners to discuss regional trends on timber trade, including the challenges, opportunities and solutions for sourcing sustainable timber in the region, with a focus on smallholders and SMEs.
One of the key takeways that emerged from the dialogue is the need to level the playing field especially for smallholder timber suppliers who would like to engage in certification and in sustainable supply chains, but often lack the capacity, resources and support to do so. Control wood (or controlled sources) was discussed as one potential solution as this lowers the bar for smallholders as a step-wise approach to certification. For more key messages, please check out this summary presentation or read the summary write-up here.