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REDD+ Symposium
Carbon Emission Reductions and Removals in Tropical Forests

22-23 February 2014
Kobe, Japan
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Abstract Submission 31 January 2014. Thank you for your contribution.
Acceptance NotificationAuthors were notified of the acceptance of their abstract on 3 February 2014
Journal's Special IssueSpeakers are encouraged to submit their papers for publication consideration in Land's Special Issue on "Carbon Emission Reductions and Removals in Tropical Forests" Authors can submit their papers now.
RegistrationAll participants are requested to register by 10 February 2014. 
Registration Fees
(to be paid in Japanese Yen upon registration)
Registration: 1,500 Japanese Yen (1,000 yen for student) (for lunchbox and conference materials)
Dinner Reception: 5,000 Japanese Yen (3,500 yen for student)
Please note that there are only a few restaurants within a walking distance from meeting venue but they all CLOSE on weekend.
Financial SupportFinancial support in any form is NOT provided
Introduction Carbon emission reductions and removals in tropical forests under the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation, Conservation of Forests, Sustainable Management of Forests, and Enhancement of Forest Carbon Stocks (REDD+) scheme of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) have increasingly become hot topics in climate change mitigation discussions. This is because REDD+ scheme is a performance-based financial incentive that compensate activities that result in reducing emissions or increasing carbon stocks (removals) in developing countries. Despite such importance, no methods have been agreed to account for emission reductions or removals or both. This symposium is organized to discuss methods and recent findings in the field of carbon accounting, biodiversity assessment, safeguards, and benefit sharing in tropical forests. Special emphasis is made to forests in Cambodia but this symposium is not limited to forests in Cambodia.
Session 1  Monitoring, Reporting, Verification (MRV): This session includes forest cover change, trends of deforestation, forest inventory, biomass expansion factor, and wood density
Session 2 Reference Emission Level (REL) for REDD: This session includes setting reference emission levels, reference level at project, subnational and national level under reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation.
Session 3 REL for REDD+: This session includes setting reference emission level, reference level at project, subnational and national levels under the "plus" elements of the REDD+ scheme. It includes setting REL in managed forests, conservation forests, and restored forests
Session 4 Biodiversity Assessment: This session covers flora and fauna species found in tropical forests and their importance to forest ecosystems
Session 5  Safeguards and Benefits Sharing: This session discusses lessons learned about safeguards and benefit sharing for REDD+ project and/or Payment for Ecosystem Services projects
Session 6 Integrated Management for Sustainability: This session discusses integrated management of bufferzones around the REDD+ project sites so as to provide basis for discussions on local business sustainability and job generation for local people
Invited Speakers from Mekong region
H.E. Dr. Kimsun Chheng, Delegate of the Royal Government and Director General of Forestry Administration, Cambodia
Dr. Heng Sokh, Director of Institute of Forest and Wildlife Research and Development, Forestry Administration Cambodia
Dr. Naing Zaw Htun, Assistant Director, Nature and Wildlife Conservation Division, Forest Department, Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry, Myanmar
Mr. Vibol San, Lecturer, Department of Environmental Science, Faculty of Science, the Royal University of Phnom Penh, Cambodia
[Organizer] Graduate School of Applied Informatics, University of Hyogo
Research Project “Methods for Estimating Carbon Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation
[Co-organizers] Faculty of Agriculture, Kyushu University
International Tropical Timber Organization
School of Human Science and Environment, University of Hyogo
Graduate School of Integrated Arts and Sciences, Hiroshima University
Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute
[Organizing and Scientific Committee] SASAKI Nophea (University of Hyogo), Chair
MIZOUE Nobuya (Kyushu University), Co-Chair
YAMADA Toshihiro (Hiroshima University)
HARADA Kazuhiro (University of Hyogo)
KAJISA Tsuyoshi (Kyushu University)
(Forestry Administration)
[Local Organizing Committee]SASAKI Nophea (University of Hyogo)
ISHINO Jiu (University of Hyogo)
ABE Issei (University of Hyogo)
ARIMA Michitaka (University of Hyogo)
KHUN Vathana (University of Hyogo)
CHAN Somanta (University of Hyogo)
SUKA Elisa (University of Hyogo)
[Contact] Nophea Sasaki
Associate Professor
Graduate School of Applied Informatics, University of Hyogo
Minatojima 7-1-28, Chuo-ku, Kobe 650-0047, Japan
Phone/Fax: +81(78)303-1929
Abstract Submission Please send your paper title, author names, and affiliations, and abstract no later than Friday, January 31, 2014 to Nophea Sasaki ( and cc to Nobuya Mizoue (