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Proceedings now available of the LTS-attended Asia-Pacific Workshop on Reduced Impact Logging

At the invitation of the UN Food and Agriculture Association (FAO), our Senior Consultant Dr Philippa Lincoln recently attended a meeting of 28 experts in the fields of Reduced Impact Logging (RIL), forest carbon and  efforts to Reduce Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+), held in Malaysia on the 3rd and 4th of May 2012.  The meeting, organised by FAO and the Lowering Emissions from Asia’s Forests (LEAF)  programme, explored issues around integrating RIL into the forest carbon markets; Monitoring, Reporting and Verification  of forest carbon, degradation and management; the financial costs of integrating RIL into the forest carbon economy; and the best methods for encouraging the adoption of RIL practices.

The workshop generated a number of key findings:

1. Implementation of RIL can substantially reduce the environmental impacts of timber harvesting and reduce the emission of CO2, by as much as 40% compared with conventional logging (CL). Much of the carbon gain from RIL is associated with the retention of forest in buffers (streams, steep country etc), as well as through less waste and damage to residual growing stock.

2.  Whether RIL is more profitable than conventional logging (CL) depends upon the spatial and temporal scales of analysis. Financial cost savings and long-term economic benefits of RIL derive from better planning and training of workers in felling and bucking techniques as well as from the careful design and use of logging roads and skid trails. Short-term profit margins are reduced when RIL protocols require the protection of riparian buffer zones and the avoidance of logging on steep slopes.

3. The wider uptake of RIL continues to be hampered by concerns over its higher cost and loss of resource compared with conventional logging. However, there are encouraging signs of progress.

4. RIL has a key role to play in reducing forest degradation under REDD+.

The findings of the workshop will be used to develop an action plan that will detail the strategies by which RIL can be promoted to international and national bodies, negotiators and the media as a key component of measures for reducing forest degradation and CO2 emissions under REDD+.

The Proceedings of the meeting, along with further details of the workshop, including downloadable presentations, the Concept Note and Agenda and participant list are available now on the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) website.

Workshop participants (courtesy of the FAO)

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