13 Jul '11, 5am

REDD calculator and mapping tool for Indonesia launched

REDD calculator and mapping tool for Indonesia launched

REDD calculator and mapping tool for Indonesia launched mongabay.com July 13, 2011 Researchers have launched a new tool to help policy-makers, NGOs, and landowners evaluate the potential benefits and costs of Indonesia's reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation (REDD+) program at provincial and district levels. The REDD calculator , developed by Lian Pin Koh of ETH Zurich, Holly K. Gibbs of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Peter Potapov and Matthew Hansen of South Dakota State University, generates emissions reductions estimates and associated opportunity costs for different REDD+ implementation scenarios, including Indonesia's two-year moratorium on new logging concessions in primary forest and peatland areas. "The tool basically allows anyone to explore how an indicative forest map might look under various scenarios," Koh told mongabay.com via email....

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2011/0713-redd_calculator.html

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