An inception workshop was held earlier this month in Siem Reap to launch the REDD+ Community Carbon Pools programme in Cambodia. The programme, which was initiated in June 2011, shares knowledge gained from the practical implementation of reduced emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+) projects in Indonesia, Vietnam , the Philippines and now Cambodia.
With funding from the European Union, the programme is specifically looking at the pooling of multiple community forests into groups to undertake REDD+ related activities. In doing so, the groups benefit from economies of scale, saving on certification costs. Grouping also allows communities to share experiences and to learn from one another.