|Best practice/lessons learned documents and related programs
- Center for Climate Strategies LCGP documents: The Center for Climate Strategies (CCS) assists states, regions, and nations in their climate policy planning. Forests, agriculture and landscapes are a small part of their portfolio. Available resources include a list of activities that could mitigate emissions from forestry, agriculture and biomass related activities.
- Climate Community and Biodiversity REDD+ Social and Environmental Standards: These standards can be used by governments, NGOs, financing agencies and other stakeholders to design and implement government-led REDD+ programs that respect the rights of Indigenous Peoples and local communities and generate significant social and environmental benefits.
- ClimateWorks Foundation, Project Catalyst: Project Catalyst created economic and policy analyses of climate mitigation potential for nations that draw on input from climate negotiators, senior government officials, representatives of multilateral institutions, business executives, and other experts. These analyses contribute to bilateral arrangements, private initiatives, coordinated domestic policies, and carefully designed international regulatory and coordinating mechanisms for global climate policy framework. Building off these analyses, Project Catalyst reviewed some countries’ low carbon growth plans to identify best practices. Relevant resources include Low-Carbon Growth Plans: Advancing Good Practice. (August 2009) Low-Carbon Growth Planning: Issues & Challenges. (September 2009).
- European Union (EU) Action Plan for Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade (FLEGT) contains nearly 60% of the world’s forest and a large proportion of internationally traded timber. FLEGT encourages sustainable management of forests, ensuring legality of forest operations. FLEGT focuses on governance reforms and capacity building, to ensure timber exported to the EU comes only from legal sources. It includes ideas for action in areas such as public procurement and the private sector.
- Mitigation Action Plans and Scenarios (MAPS): The MAPS Programme is a collaboration amongst developing countries to establish the evidence base for a long-term transition to robust economies that are carbon efficient, climate resilient, and alleviate poverty. Central to MAPS is the way it combines research and modelling with stakeholder interests, policy and planning. Its participative process engages stakeholders from all sectors within participating countries and partners them with the best indigenous and international research. MAPS is currently involved in nationally mandated planning processes in Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Peru.
- Responsible Asia Forest Trade (RAFT) Program: The RAFT Program is funded by the USAID Regional Development Mission for Asia in Bangkok. The goal of RAFT is to improve forest management and timber trade practices in Asia thereby reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from deforestation and forest degradation.
- UN-REDD Programme: The UN-REDD Program is a collaborative partnership between FAO, UNDP and UNEP that supports countries to develop capacity to Reduce Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD) and to implement a future REDD mechanism in a post- 2012 climate regime. They have developed protocols for stakeholder engagement and FPIC, due diligence for social standards, and national frameworks for MRV.
- World Bank Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF): The FCPF has a template for how to develop a REDD+ Readiness Preparation Proposal (R-PP), For countries that participate in the FCPF, the R-PP will be part of the Landscape LEDS and includes a review of existing analyses among other components.
- REDD+ NGO training: The Nature Conservancy has led a multi-NGO group to develop a REDD+ training program for field staff, government officials, private sector actors, NGOs, and local community members. It provides an introduction to REDD+ including policy and technical issues, enables the development of REDD+ pilot activities and national programs, and establishes national and regional networks of REDD+ practitioners to share experiences.
- RAFT Program has trainings on conflict management capacity of forest stakeholders and on natural resources
- CIFOR/ICRAF Forests and Climate Training: USAID EGAT funded the development of training modules that are online and can also be used for in-person training.
- USFS has supported development of training courses on forests and climate and on forest carbon inventory issues.
- Regional/virtual workshops to share methods, interim results, data on clean energy growth, and lessons learned from countries pursuing low carbon growth plans
- Module training (video) on International Gateway
- USFS Climate Change Resource Center and Forest Inventory and Analysis have multiple tools, technologies, and trainings
- Mitigation Action Plans and Scenarios (MAPS): The MAPS Programme delivers a Facilitators Training Course that aims to equip mid-career professionals with the requisite skills for facilitating national and sub-national processes that produce an evidence base for climate compatible scenario planning. The MAPS Programme has found, through their experience formulating the South African Long Term Mitigation Scenarios, that strong facilitation by qualified, third party facilitators is essential for successful completion of LEDS planning projects.