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Monday and Tuesday, 19 - 20 September 2011

International Symposium on
Costs and benefits of REDD plus: What, Who, How and When?

Venue: Intercontinental Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Organizing Institutions:
Hiroshima University
United Nations University
Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM)
Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute (FFPRI)
Research Institute for Humanity and Nature (RIHN)

Concept Note
Language: English

That humans depend on nature for their existence is an obvious fact. That in time, however, modern societies have come to act as if nature’s services could be fully substituted has also been well acknowledged. Indiscriminate use of resources and a propensity to wasteful consumption has led to the degradation of natural ecosystems that have consequently accelerated the rate of change of natural systems including climatic patterns.

Over the last few decades, there have been several global, national and local measures attempted to stem the loss of natural resources, in order to ensure sustained wellbeing across generations. Responses were geared towards mitigating impacts related to parts of an unfolding ecological crisis. One focus area has been in the context of optimizing land use and land use changes, especially in ecosystems such as tropical forests. A key challenge in getting major stakeholders to adopt some responses is to demonstrate a pecuniary benefit in such action. The idea of payment for ecosystem services, carbon offsets and trading or REDD plus underlines this need to design strategies that would help internalize various costs associated with positive acts to the environment and to actors considered stewards of the specific ecosystems – including indigenous and local communities.

What do these costs entail in the context of planning land use management decisions? Who is expected to bear them and who actually does? How are these costs defined and how do they affect the wellbeing of different stakeholders? How do they affect the integrity and resilience of ecosystems and people directly dependent on these ecosystems? Can a cost also be a benefit? What can mechanisms such as REDD plus achieve in real terms? How does it impact carbon stocks, extent and quality of biodiversity and ecosystem services and livelihood security? Have market based incentive mechanisms delivered- or do we need to think of other mechanisms (e.g. multi benefit approach together with International funding systems)? Is it possible to develop a regional focus in a REDD plus Programme that goes beyond national priorities and strategies?

These are some of the questions the symposium will address over two days, and several parallel sessions.

Objectives of the symposium

1. To Take stock of current knowledge and information on costs and benefits of REDD

2. To Provide an opportunity to deliberate on funding systems to support REDD plus activities that protect the ecosystem services and secure the socio-economic well-being of local communities.


Day 1 (Monday, 19 September 2011)

9:00 - 10:30

Opening ceremony
and welcome remarks, key note speech


Recitation of Du’a
Opening of the Symposium


Welcoming Remarks 1



Welcoming Remarks 2
Representing organizers

Dr. M.S. Suneetha (UNU)
Dr. T. Okuda (Hiroshima University / RIHN)


Opening Speech

Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, Malaysia


Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Signing

Dr. Tetsuji Okamoto (Hiroshima University)

10:30 - 11:00

Coffee Break


Key note address

REDD readiness in Malaysia/ ASEAN

Dr. Abd Rahim Nik (Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment Malaysia)


Key note address
REDD policy, activities, research and development

Dr. Midori Sasaki (Ministry of the Environment, Japan)


Key note address 3
Topics towards COP17, issues, a new framework to be raised, determined after K.P. Topics of confronting, Measuring and documenting actions for Cost and benefit of REDD

Dr. Mitsuo Matsumoto (FFPRI)

12:30 - 14:00

Lunch Break

Session 1: Conservation actions and benefits under REDD plus

(Chair: Dr. Shamsudin Ibrahim)


Paper 1 (FFPRI)


Development of monitoring, reporting and verification systems: Case study from Malaysia
Dr. Khali Aziz Hamzah (FRIM)


Interlinkage between biodiversity and REDD
Dr. Kanako Morita (NIES, Japan)


Identification of costs and benefits in the implementation of REDD –
Dr. Awang Nor Abd. Ghani (UPM)

Session 2: Socio-economic norms and priorities of Landuse change

(Chair: Suneetha UNU, Host or ASEAN)


Rights to resources, Free and Prior Informed Consent

Dr. Patrick Anderson (FPP)/  or Dr. M.S. Suneetha (UNU)


Landuse, landuse changes and Forestry: policy and socio-economic drivers
Dr. Ma Hwan Ok (ITTO)


Drivers of Land use changes – focus on agricultural activities
Dr. SR Joeni (LIPI)

16:20 - 16:40

Coffee Break

Session 3: Governance of resources: International, regional and local level governance - How do they affect the practice of REDD plus in real terms?

(Chair: Dr. Teddy Lian Kok Fei (MNRE))


Global and national policies on forests, resources and resource access, use and management Legitimacy in REDD practices

Mr. Tom ter Horst (EU Asia Regional Advisor, FLEGT)


Legal regimes in REDD plus
Dr. Hiroji Isozaki


Sabah experience in REDD+
Forestry Department Sabah

Day 2 (Tuesday, 20 September 2011)

Session 4: Social and economy benefits of REDD

(Chair: Dr. Herminia Francisco, EEPSEA, Singapore)


Climate change response: Identifying risks and opportunities in management of forests

Dr. Rizaldi Boer (CCROM-SEAP) (TBC)


Regional peculiarities related to REDD: challenges and opportunities
Dr. Akio Takemoto (Asia Pacific Network for Global Change Research)


Benefits and concerns of REDD+: An NGO perspective

Mr. Martin Khor Third World Network, Malaysia

Session 5: Economic incentives and environmental stewardship: Practices and Methods

(Chair: Dr. Ma Hwan Ok (ITTO) / Dr. T. Toma (FFPRI))


Identification of Costs and benefits in the implementation of REDD for the forest management
Dr. T. Yamada/ T. Okuda (Hiroshima University)


Sufficiency of market based approaches for REDD plus

Dr. Noriyuki Kobayashi


Evaluating the opportunity costs of REDD+
Dr. Sonya Dewi (ICRAF)

10:30 - 11:00

Coffee Break


Integrated planning tools for the LULUCF for monitoring and effective implementation for REDD plus
Dr. Jamal Othman (UKM)


Development of REDD+ Strategy for Malaysia

Dr. Elizabeth Phillip (Ministry of Natural Resources and Envrironment Malaysia)

Session 6: Panel discussion followed by general discussion: Sharing Benefits and Costs: Rights, Responsibilities and Obligations (Highlighting expectations from different stakeholders : state, government, international agencies and local communities)

11:40 - 12:40

Chair : Dr. M.S. Suneetha (UNU)

1. Ministry of Nat. Res. & Env Malaysia
2. Mr.Martin Khor
3. Dr.Kobayashi
4. Dr. Okuda
5. Dr.Ma Hwan Ok
6. Dr. Akio Takemoto


Closing Remarks
Dr. Toshinori Okuda (Hiroshima University)

To register for this event or for queries, please contact the REDD Symposium Secretariat.

The REDD Symposium Secretariat
Forest Research Institute Malaysia
52109 Kepong
Selangor, Malaysia
Phone : +60-3-6279 7180, 6279 7190
Fax : +60-3-6272 9852
E-mail : samsudinmusa[at]; azyan[at]

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