Madre de Dios takes the lead towards the compensation of forest conservation



Posted on 18 September 2012  | 
Illegal logging contributes heavily to the destruction of biodiversity and the impoverishment of millions of people that depend on forests for food and income. Madre de Dios, Peru.
© WWF-Canon / André BärtschiEnlarge
A groundbreaking report was presented as part of this Peruvian region’s preparation process for the future implementation of REDD+

Puerto Maldonado, September 4. The Round-Table on Environmental Services and REDD+ of Madre de Dios –MSAR, recently held an event at the region’s capital city of Puerto Maldonado to present an important report, which is key for the analysis of this Amazon region´s deforestation rates.
The release introduces a methodology to measure the annual loss of forest cover but also to determine the reason of such deforestation, thus it is an important tool to anticipate future deforestation tendencies. This information is essential in order to take part in the environmental services market negotiations which allow the consolidation of forests conservation efforts at a global level.

Williams Miche, Assistant Manager of Environmental Management and Sustainable Development to the Madre de Dios Regional Government – GOREMAD and representative of the MSAR’s President states that the GOREMAD is really interested on participating in this kind of initiatives, “there is a political will to move forward on the Reduction of Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation -REDD+’s implementation, this is what we have been working for since 2009”.

“We have over a dozen projects of this kind in Madre de Dios which are private and we, as government, want to take part in this initiative too. What we are looking for is that forest users benefit from international cooperation”, he said. This is important progress that positions the Madre de Dios region as a pioneer in the ongoing national process to implement REDD+ worldwide.
In this regard, the Ministry of the Environment – MINAM is essential key stakeholder inside the MSAR. “The idea is that these processes, which are being held in the regions of San Martín and Madre de Dios, have broad participation from the MINAM, and so their round-tables’ progress is expected to be ramped up as input to elaborate the national strategy against climate change”, says Piero Rengifo, technical Assistant of the MINAM for the MSAR.

It is worth mentioning that this deforestation’s analysis methodology is not exclusive for REDD+, as it is expected to be used by the regional government on zoning, planning and other resource management needs within their territories.

To Nelson Gutiérrez, WWF specialist and member of the commission that fostered this methodology’s assessment, the reason behind this process’ success is that it hase been transparent and participative. “In order to choose this methodology, we had an assessment and selection process which lasted for 8 months. 6 different methodologies were studied and scientific criteria from the International Panel on Climate Change – IPCC and the Verified Carbon Standard – VCS were used.”

It is expected that resources received to avoid deforestation, reach forest users and serve as an incentive for its management and protection.
About the MSAR and REDD+
The MSAR is integrated by more than 30 institutions, such as forest producers unions, State institutions, civil society organizations and this region’s indigenous organizations.

REDD+ is part of a global effort which objective is to reduce deforestation; given that when forest plants burn and decompose, great amounts of CO2 are released to the atmosphere. This gas is one of the main greenhouse effect gases that contribute to climate change.
Illegal logging contributes heavily to the destruction of biodiversity and the impoverishment of millions of people that depend on forests for food and income. Madre de Dios, Peru.
© WWF-Canon / André Bärtschi Enlarge

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