Bago Region, Myanmar
Emission Reductions of First Project Instance
37,323,329 tons over 10 years
Crediting Period Start
VCS - Jurisdictional and Nested REDD+ (JNR)
Expected First Verification
Bago Region, Myanmar
About the Project
The North Zamari REDD+ Project will focus on implementing activities within the surrounding Bago and Thayarwady Districts. The project is administered locally by the Forest Research Institute (FRI), a division of Ministry of Natural Resources Environmental Conservation (MONREC), with support from the Korea Forestry Promotion Institute (KoFPI), Korea Forest Service, and Terra Global Capital. In addition to building the first REDD+ project within the country, a major goal of the collaboration is to build local capacity and develop institutional knowledge that will aid in national-level REDD+ efforts, and possibly jurisdictional-level programs.
Decades of military rule and highly centralized government decision-making have led to a legacy in the region of forced removals, unclear land tenure, and unrest. A major goal of the project is to develop community buy-in and address grievances with a formalized and dedicated stakeholder engagement and integration effort. The project will build on existing efforts by MONREC in addressing deforestation, and developing sustainable and economically feasible alternative livelihoods for local communities in each Project Activity Instance. The region highlighted by the project is highly diverse, and REDD+ efforts – through inclusive social assessments, project actions, community collaboration and ongoing monitoring– seek to build greater social equity in the Project Zone, specifically supporting minorities (Karen, Kachin), women, and economically disadvantaged populations.
The first Project Activity Instance North Zamari Reserve Forest represents 75,000 hectares of mostly intact tropical upland forest containing substantial numbers of rare and endangered species. The North Zamari forest remains as an island of biodiversity in an area experiencing massive biodiversity loss. In addition to containing habitat for the rapidly declining populations of Asian Elephant, the forest also contains a small population of leopards, sun bears, Chinese pangolins, and many rare species of turtles. The North Zamari Reserve Forest contains much of the remaining closed primary forest habitat within the previously heavily logged Pegu Range. In addition, the first Project Activity Instance contains many species listed in the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)’s Red List, many of which have significant international interest and local cultural and spiritual value.
The first Project Activity Instance North Zamari Forest is highly diverse and has become a sanctuary for species across Bago Region. With a changing climate and extreme weather events, wildlife will need to have access to year-round water sources within Bago Region and especially near the First Project Activity Instance. North Zamari’s strategic location and North-South position helps species move between needed water sources and protective forests, acting as a corridor for species to adapt to climate change. In addition, North Zamari Forest was selected as the first Project Activity Instance as it protects watersheds for communities who are reliant on rice production in the nearby lowlands.