The “REDD Offset Working Group”(ROW) was established in February 2011 as a result of a Memorandum of Understanding signed in November 2010 between the Governors of California, Chiapas and Acre, as part of a collaborative effort to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (known as “REDD”).
Deforestation and forest degradation account for approximately 20% of the world’s annual greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Comprehensive efforts to constrain the impacts of climate change will require significant global cooperation to reduce GHG emissions from deforestation and forest degradation. Based on direction in the MOU, the ROW was created with state representatives and technical experts, who serve in their personal capacities.
With input from stakeholders, and through an open process, the ROW is examining two central questions:
(1) what legal and institutional mechanisms are required to enable California to recognize international REDD-based emission offsets for compliance purposes;
(2) what are the key policy and technical elements a sectoral REDD program should achieve in order for REDD-based offsets to be recognized in a compliance program.
The ROW is supported through a one year grant from the Climate and Land Use Alliance (CLUA)—a partnership between ClimateWorks Foundation, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation (see http://climateandlandusealliance.org/). The grant reimburses travel costs for state participants from Chiapas and Acre, and supports a facilitator for meetings and the work process.
The ROW process was initiated in Spring 2011 and is expected to last until Summer 2012 with a final report.
The final ROW deliverable is expected to produce a plain-language, user-friendly report that outlines options and recommendations Acre, Chiapas and California can consider in their state rule-making processes.
There are numerous opportunities for public participation with the ROW through a number of different venues. The ROW will facilitate public outreach in the Summer and early Fall of 2011, during which the progress of the ROW will be presented and opportunities for discussion and comment will be provided. The ROW will also be soliciting written comments on draft materials as they are developed, particularly over the summer. Click here to be contacted with more information.