Estimating Opportunity Costs and Implementation Costs of REDD+ for the National Planning Process | World Bank Institute (WBI)

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The goal of the course is to provide participants with an understanding and hands-on tools to analyze the opportunity costs and implementation costs of REDD+. These costs are important elements for the development of national REDD+ strategies. This is the second delivery of this course focusing on Asian countries.

REDD+ is an incentive based instrument intended to influence land use options towards conservation and sustainable use of forests. Opportunity cost calculation is an approach that helps to make decision for national or sub-national projects. However, opportunity costs need to be properly assessed, taking into account the full cost picture including implementation and transaction costs. Participants will receive practical knowledge and software to assess such opportunity costs of REDD+, stipulating the advantages and constraints of this approach.

The workshop offers a flexible structure: The first 2.5 days provide a theoretical understanding of the concept of opportunity costs of REDD+. This portion is recommended for senior decision makers. The last 2.5 days focus on hands-on training with group work, excursion, and additional elements (e.g. generation of carbon information, benefit sharing in REDD+ programs). It is recommended that development practitioners attend the full 5-day course which includes both theory and practice.

The course targets REDD specialists appointed by the national REDD focal points.

Course instructors are senior experts in environmental economics and carbon forestry with extensive field experience and understanding of the complex inter-relations of carbon credits, forest conservation, social and land-use change issues. They are from the World Bank’s Carbon Finance Unit, the World Bank Institute, Partnership for the Tropical Forest Margins (ASB), World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), and other organizations.

A training manual.

United Nations Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UNREDD), Center for People and Forests (RECOFTC) and Asian Development Bank (ADB).