Virgin Atlantic buys credits from the Oddar Meanchey REDD project in Cambodia

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Virgin Atlantic offers passengers the option to offset their flight emissions with carbon offsets bought from the Oddar Meanchey REDD+ project in Cambodia.  Passengers can offset the emissions associated with their journeys and Virgin Atlantic , in partnership Natural Capital Partners to run this schemeThe Virgin Group includes several airline companies, which are responsible for millions of tonnes of greenhouse gases every year. In 2007, he launched Virgin America, and in 2012, Virgin Australia. 

Crossing the last hurdle to payments for REDD+ results: safeguards information systems in the Asia-Pacific region

Representatives from nine different Asia-Pacific countries – Bhutan, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Papua New Guinea and Viet Nam – gathered in Hanoi in November to share experiences and lessons from meeting safeguards requirements for REDD+ at a South-South knowledge exchange hosted by the Viet Nam Forestry Administration. Guests representing the two other tropical forest regions where REDD+ is being pursued – Ghana for Africa, and Peru from Latin America – were also present.

Under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, countries choosing to implement REDD+, and obtain payments for measured, reported and verified greenhouse gas emission reductions, are required to develop a national-level safeguards information system. This is to show how the Cancun safeguards for REDD+ are being addressed and respected when implementing REDD+. A national safeguards information system is also an eligibility criterion for REDD+ result-based payments under the Green Climate Fund.
Source: UN-REDD Programm (Read more)

Cambodia Forest Cover 2014

The main objective of the assessment of the forest cover resources is to provide information on actual forest cover resource throughout Cambodia a source of fundamental information to contribute to the development of the management strategies and action plans as part under the National Forest Program (NFP) and for the production of activities data for the implementation of the Cambodia Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+) Program. Download the report click here.


This progress report highlights overall results that were achieved from April 2016 to June 2017 that include the finalization and endorsement of the National REDD+ Strategy (NRS) by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF). The NRS is under endorsement by the Ministry of Environment (MoE) and Royal Government of Cambodia (RGC). In addition the RGC also endorsed and submitted the Forest Reference Level to UNFCCC. The technical assessment of the FRL by the UNFCCC has been completed, and a report will be provided to Cambodia shortly. Cambodia plans to resubmit the FRL with revisions by September 2017. The mid-term review of the project to consolidate and increase effectiveness of REDD+ readiness process was completed and the implementation of REDD+ sub-national demonstration activities in five sites continue to progress.
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The feasibility of local participation in Measuring, Reporting and Verification (PMRV) for REDD+

Manuel Boissiere, Martin Herold, Stibniati Atmadja and Douglas Shei

The studies in this PLOS ONE collection investigated the feasibility of community participation in Measuring, Reporting and Verifying (Participatory MRV–PMRV) initiatives in the context of national programs to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+). While such participation is desirable, its feasibility has been uncertain. This collection builds the empirical foundations for putting PMRV into practice. The authors of this article identified five crucial considerations: (1) clarify the stakeholders, (2) understand their motivation to participate, (3) integrate knowledge and information from multiple disciplines and sources, (4) convey knowledge and information across multiple levels of governance, and (5) clarify and enable the links to REDD+ safeguards. We conclude that local communities and other local actors can play a major role in achieving REDD+ MRV, however, this requires attention to their needs and motivations. Future activities should include assessment of past PMRV experiences, costs and benefits, operationalization of reporting and verification, formalization of PMRV and full scale testing on the ground.