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Marlo Mendoza,
Director, Forest Management Bureau
the Philippines

The Philippines

The total area of forestlands in the Philippines is 15.8 million ha, or 53% of the total land area, which comprises of open, closed, mangroves and plantations. The combined effects of indiscriminate logging, inadequate forest protection, expansion of upland agriculture, fires, pests and diseases, and unplanned land conversion are cited as the main causes of forest depletion. The degradation of the upland environment has resulted in low productivity, underutilized land and slow diversification in the agricultural sector and reduced forest product flows, which have increased poverty and reduced earnings.

The UN-REDD Philippines Initial National Programme started in the middle of October 2011, and the operational of Philippines UN-REDD Programme was closed in July 2013. The Philippines National REDD+ Strategy was approved by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Executive Committee in August 2010. Throughout 2012, the UN-REDD Programme focused on strengthening participatory processes, social and environmental safeguards, a harmonized methodology for reference baselines and the establishment of a national MRV approach. 

Key results and achievements of the UN-REDD National Programme in Philippines

Programme Activity Updates

The Philippines Seeks Inputs from UN-REDD on REDD+ Safeguards

March/April 2012

The UN-REDD Programme shares its experience during a consultation workshop on biodiversity and governance safeguards in the Philippines. Read full article…

National UN-REDD Programme Updates

November 2011

Ecuador signs its National Programme and enters into implementation; REDD+ Readiness consultations begin in Bangladesh; the Philippines officially kicks off REDD+ implementation with its Inception workshop; and Viet Nam finalizes its study on ecological stratification linked to REDD+. Read full article…

Five More UN-REDD Partner Countries Start Implementing their National Programmes

August 2011

Cambodia, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Paraguay and Solomon Islands recently signed their National Programme documents, and now join the seven other UN-REDD Programme partner countries already in the implementation phase of their National Programmes. Read full article...

US$15.2 Million Approved for 5 Countries at the UN-REDD Policy Board Meeting

November 2010

Cambodia, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay and Solomon Islands talk about their REDD+ efforts and the value of their partnership with the UN-REDD Programme, after the UN-REDD Programme Policy Board recently approved funding to support their national REDD+ efforts. Read full article...

Supporting REDD+ Readiness in UN-REDD Partner Countries

June 2010

UN-REDD Programme Regional Coordinator in Asia-Pacific, Tim Boyle, and West-Central Africa Regional Technical Advisor, Josep Garí, explain how the UN-REDD Programme is developing effective support to new partner countries, building on the activities underway in the Programme’s nine initial pilot countries across Africa, Asia-Pacific and Latin America. Read full article...

REDD+ Country Progress… In Their Own Words

March/ April 2010

At the recent Policy Board meeting in Nairobi, country representatives, Indigenous Peoples and Civil Society organizations, and donors spoke to the UN-REDD Programme about their commitment to REDD+ readiness and the value of their partnership with the Programme. Below are excerpts from some of those interviews. Read full article...


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  UN-REDD in the Philippines

Budget: US$500,000

Timeframe: January-December 2011

Primary Partner: Department of Environment and Natural Resources


Asia-Pacific Communications materials

Technical reports 

Workshop reports 

National Programme Document
and Semi-Annual reports

Studies and other publications

  The Philippines' Department of Environment and Natural Resources
  Luiza Carvalho
UN Resident Coordinator
Philippines luiza.carvalho@one.un.org
  Analiza Rebuelta-Teh
National REDD+ Focal Point/ Chief of Staff and Undersecretary,
Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Philippines  tehanna17@yahoo.com
  Glen A. de Castro 
Programme Manager, Philippines UN-REDD Programme
  Tim Boyle
Regional Coordinator, UNDP
  Thomas Enters
Regional Coordinator, UNEP
  Ben Vickers 
Regional Coordinator, FAO  ben.vickers@fao.org
  Grace Tena
UNDP, Philippines
  Genaro Castro
FAO, Philippines