US Forest Service | February 2015
InterWorks facilitated the USAID Africa Regional Training Workshop on Social and Environmental Considerations in REDD+ and Related Natural Resources Management Programs in Chisamba, Zambia from February 1 – 6, 2015.
The workshop was organized in cooperation with the Forest Carbon, Markets and Communities (FCMC) program and the US Forest Service International Programs. The workshop was attended by 36 participants from Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and representatives from West African natural resource management institutions.
The overall workshop goal was to enhance the social and environmental integrity of the work of USAID and partners in Eastern and Southern Africa to reduce carbon emissions from deforestation and forest degradation and support the role of conservation and sustainable management of forests and enhancements of forest carbon stocks (REDD+) and related programs.
The highly participatory workshop also included a one-day field trip to view some representative work being conducted by BioCarbon Partners in conservation agriculture, eco-charcoal production small-scale poultry raising in the lower Zambezi region bordering on a nature conservancy area.
The countries participating also identified current actions, gaps and tentative recommendations for follow-on activities and initiatives in moving REDD+ programs and safeguards forward in their respective countries.
This has been a very rewarding workshop and I am particularly impressed with the facilitation and presentations. The workshop has clear objectives and it has really ensured that we made progress in that direction thank you for the opportunity to be a part of this.– Workshop participant