GOVERNANCE, FOREST LANDSCAPES AND
LIVELIHOODS – NORTHERN LAOS
Benefit Sharing Plan
1. This document presents the Benefit Sharing Plan (BSP) for the implementation of the Emission Reductions (ER) Program titled Governance, Forest Landscapes and Livelihoods – Northern Laos (GFLL), implemented in the six northern provinces of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR) approved by the Carbon Fund in 2018. The BSP builds on the indicative benefit sharing arrangements proposed in the Emission Reductions Program Document (ERPD), the Advance Draft BSP (May, 2020), and is a result of broad stakeholder consultation.
2. GFLL is designed as Lao PDR’s first sub-national program in the six provinces of northern Laos, providing a strategic and scalable foundation to address key drivers of deforestation and forest degradation and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. GFLL contributes to Lao PDR’s Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC), with significant weight on actions to be taken in the forestry sector, which estimates the removal of 45 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalents (mtCO2e) from forests or increased forest cover to 70% of land area (i.e., to 16.58 million ha) by 2030 as compared to 2000.6
3. The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF) will spearhead the GFLL Program, with central, provincial, and district level agencies sharing responsibility for implementation. The activities of communities, non-profit associations (NpAs), and the private companies in the forestry and agricultural sectors will lead to the bulk of emission reductions within the program area. These groups will in turn receive the bulk of the share of benefits.