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Opening the REDD Research & Development Center

Dr. Kazuo Suzuki

President

Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute (FFPRI)

Forests play a crucial role in mitigating the effects of climate change by removing and storing carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere. Since CO2 emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries account for 20% of global CO2 emissions, emission reduction is a growing concern for people worldwide.

Forests provide many benefits to people living there and contribute to the social and economic development of local communities. In the light of this, it is crucial for us to address the challenges of deforestation and forest degradation and promote forest conservation. The Copenhagen Accord agreed at the 15th session of the Conference of Parties in 2009 called for the establishment of a new framework for REDD+ mechanism aiming at reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries and enhancing forest conservation.

With this in mind, FFPRI has launched the REDD Research and Development Center. FFPRI has extensive experiences and achievements in REDD-plus projects, including tropical forest research and remote sensing techniques. In addition, FFPRI has promoted research cooperation with many countries. The REDD Research and Development Center aims to become a leading research institute of REDD+ by putting its accumulated technology and experiences together.

Dr. Mitsuo Matsumoto

Director of REDD Research and Development Center

Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute (FFPRI)

REDD+ has been vigorously discussed in the international negotiation on climate change and is drawing high expectations. REDD+ aims at addressing the challenges of deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries that have fully acknowledged worldwide but remain unsolved to date, through economic approach. However, there are cases that discussions of the reduction of CO2 and monitoring technology take a backseat to that of funding methods.

The REDD research and Development Center will contribute to REDD+ by developing techniques and methods for measuring and monitoring changes in carbon stocks and green gas emissions in developing countries and help developing countries introduce these methods and systems, while promoting discussions of REDD+ systems and policies.

The REDD Research and Development Center contributes to facilitating the international discussions of REDD+, the conservation of forests and forest ecosystems in developing countries, and sustainable local development.