Cambodian government to scale up forest conservation while securing economic growth and prosperity through REDD+
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia, October 13, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — In a webinar broadcast globally by Innovation Forum, sponsored by Everland, the Cambodian government underlined its commitment to achieving carbon neutrality by 2050, through the conservation of forests, while increasing the country’s GDP by 3% and creating nearly half a million jobs.
Following the Cambodian Ministry of Environment’s commitment to reduce the country’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and achieve carbon neutrality, government officials, NGOs and indigenous peoples from the project areas REDD+ came together to discuss their collaborative efforts to stop deforestation through the United Nations. mechanism for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+).
One of the main ways the Cambodian government plans to preserve the country’s forests is by implementing and scaling up REDD+ projects, which have the potential to reduce deforestation rates by 50% over the decade.
Recognizing the role that REDD+ projects play in mitigating the global impact of deforestation, Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of the Environment, SE Chuop Paris said, “The government of Cambodia had the opportunity to submit its long-term strategy for carbon neutrality by 2050, of which the national REDD+ strategy is a key element in achieving this objective, but it can only be achieved through the active participation and collaboration of private companies, local communities, and partners.”
As a community model, REDD+ projects ensure that forest communities protecting their forests receive direct investments that finance sustainable livelihoods, to no longer depend on deforestation for their livelihood or profit.
from Cambodia The Minister of Environment, HE Dr Say Samal, said: “Many Cambodians live close to forests, where for many generations they have depended on forest resources for their livelihoods, living sustainably and in harmony with the forests around them. To protect our culture and our precious resources, we plan to pursue economic growth and prosperity for our people, while protecting our country’s forests. »
Panelists from Wildlife Alliance’s Southern Cardamom REDD+ Project and Wildlife Conservation Society’s (WCS) Keo Seima REDD+ Project looked at how partners ensure community members directly benefit from forest protection in the framework of the REDD+ mechanism. Wildlife Alliance employs trained rangers to patrol protected areas and implement effective law enforcement in partnership with the government. This approach ensures that 2,393 families, corresponding to 13,289 people, are the direct beneficiaries of carbon credit sales and project activities. Another example given by representatives of the Bunong indigenous community is how WCS support helped them gain legal rights to their ancestral lands in the Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary REDD+ project area, so that they are no longer vulnerable to land grabbing which has been a major contributor to deforestation in the past.
This discussion is part of a series launched by Everland and Innovation Forum that highlights how cooperation between governments, project developers, community members and companies that voluntarily offset unavoidable emissions, is the most scalable, effective and immediate to stop deforestation and its harmful effects.
Discuss the importance of fighting deforestation and ensuring COP26 deforestation commitments made in Glasgow are realized, Josh TostesonPresident of Everland, said: “As world leaders prepare to meet in COP27, we must remember that preserving forests is at the heart of the fight against climate change, but the failure of past promises has brought us to where we are today: carbon emissions from tropical deforestation of this century are much higher than expected. With rates that have doubled in just two decades and continue to accelerate, there is an urgent need to act now. Through aligned, dedicated and collective action, we can, in fact, end deforestation.
To support broader global ambitions to end deforestation, Everland has launched The Forest Plan, which outlines its ambition to facilitate the development of up to 75 forest conservation projects in critical hotspots around the world. The plan was developed in response to pledges made by 141 countries to COP26 end deforestation by 2030.
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For the full webinar: https://www.innovationforum.co.uk/articles/how-redd-is-working-to-save-cambodia-s-forests
Aisha AliStone Haven
Leticia LabreDirector of the Forest Plan
About the Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary REDD+ Project
About the Southern Cardamom REDD+ Project
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