The second science-policy dialogue focused on the scenario building component of CIFOR’s Global Comparative Study on REDD+ (GCS REDD+). The event included three presentations of current and past research by CIFOR-ICRAF and partners. The event was well attended by government and civil society actors, and the format allowed participants to share their perspectives, ask a wide range of questions to the presenters, and be involved in a scenario building activity for Peru.
This science-policy dialogue included a presentation from ICRAF scientists on DRIVENET, a methodology for participatory analysis of the causes and mechanisms of deforestation and land-use change. Researchers from Universidad del Pacífico followed this with a presentation on the costs and benefits of achieving carbon neutrality in Peru. These two presentations led to a plenary discussion, which served as a prelude to a presentation on the method for scenario building that staff from Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais in Brazil are implementing in Peru as part of their collaboration with GCS REDD+. Their presentation was followed by three small group discussion sessions that dealt with the specificities of deforestation and relevant policies in Peru and its Amazonian subnational jurisdictions.
The lessons learned from this session will allow the GCS REDD+ team to continue to refine and produce outputs on future scenarios of forest loss and related carbon emissions in Peru. This research will enable decision makers and practitioners to understand the risks and opportunities related to attaining emission reduction targets and to accessing carbon finance. This work will also allow REDD+ actors to visualize plausible futures regarding land-use change and related emissions.