REDD+ readiness and implementation in Lao PDR

Commissioned Report

The Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR) has been participating in the international REDD+ negotiation process under the UNFCCC since 2007 and REDD+ has become an important driver in project development in the forest sector of Lao PDR. During the period between 2008 and 2012, REDD+ finance in Lao PDR amounted to more than USD 55 million, with more than eight programmes/projects supported by donors in 2012 (Fujisaki, 2012).

At the same time as the Government of Laos (GOL) has been undertaking REDD+ readiness, the Government of Japan (GOJ) has held consultations with GOL on the Joint Crediting Mechanism (JCM). GOL signed the bilateral document for the JCM with GOJ in 2013 (JCM, 2013).

This report provides an independent review of the state of JCM REDD+ and REDD+ Readiness in Lao PDR. Information for the report is drawn from the literature and from interviews with REDD+ stakeholders in Lao PDR. The report consists of two parts: 1) REDD+ readiness and implementation update; and 2) JCM REDD+ implementation.

KIMIHIKO Hyakumura