ISSUE WORKSHOPS

Workshop 1: Reference Levels, MRV and Additionality

February 5, 2013 8:30 am-5:00 pm
Carnegie Institute for Science, Stanford University
Mackenzie Room, Huang Engineering Center

This workshop will discuss key environmental considerations in the development of a REDD offset program including the establishment of reference levels against which emissions reductions should be measured, systems to monitor, report and verify avoided deforestation and degradation, and ways to ensure that programmatic emissions reductions are in addition to those that would have otherwise taken place.

If you prefer to participate via live webcast, please register below, and we will send details the day before the workshop.

Workshop 2: Benefits Sharing and Safeguards

March 26, 2013
University of California, Davis
UC Davis Conference Center

This workshop will bring together some of the world’s leading experts in social and environmental safeguards as well as bring in some of the local community leaders from Brazil and Mexico to discuss what types of systems work, which don’t, and how to build off the existing ROW recommendations for developing successful programs.

The workshop will go over questions such as: How should partner jurisdictions develop a robust safeguards system as part of their jurisdictional REDD+ programs? How should California recognize the safeguards programs already designed in Partner Jurisdictions, in particular, those of the State of Acre as part of any potential linkage? How should the implementation of safeguards in Partner Jurisdictions be monitored and reported to the Administrator? And how should grievances and non-compliance be handled in a safeguards system?

Workshop 3: Full REDD+ Program and Jurisdictional Linkage

April 5, 2013
University of California, Los Angeles

This all-day symposium will explore the potential benefits and challenges of linking programs in foreign jurisdictions directed at Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) to California’s cap-and-trade program as sources of offsets.

Using the recently released REDD Offset Working Group draft recommendations on this topic as a springboard, the program will include speakers from government, academia, the NGO community, and foreign sub-national governments.

It will focus, in particular, on regulatory design elements and the legal and institutional mechanisms that would be required to enable California to recognize emissions reductions from jurisdictional REDD programs as offsets under California’s cap-and-trade program. Soliciting public feedback on the REDD Offset Working Group draft report will be a primary aim of the symposium.