Home page banner
Follow us on

Twitter Blogger Blogger



Partnering with UN-REDD

At the UN-REDD Programme Policy Board meeting last month in Viet Nam, partner country representatives, civil society organizations and donors spoke to the UN-REDD Programme about their evolving commitment to REDD+ and the value of their partnership with the Programme.

Marco Chiu
Undersecretary of Climate Change, Ecuador
"It is really nice to have finalized this (National Programme) process.  It is an accomplishment at the moment to have the Programme financed… now we are looking forward to starting the next phase.

"We are going to definitely benefit a lot from the UN-REDD Programme's expertise in MRV systems… it is a work in progress at the local level, so obviously it is going be of tremendous help to have the expertise in this subject to mobilize the activities in the country. MRV is going to be very useful and also all the process for (stakeholder) participation is going to be useful with the expertise of UNDP in this case… It’s going to be very useful to have the technical support but also obviously the financial resources are very much needed so we can also go further and further in our activities and in our national plans with the UN-REDD Programme."


Pham Minh Thoa
Director, Department of Science, Technology and International Cooperation, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Viet Nam
"The most exciting aspect of our work with REDD+ at the moment is in the area of FPIC-- Free, Prior and Informed Consent. This is a principle to ensure any local partners can join the process in the very beginning with a good understanding of the whole process so that they can mobilize in shaping programme activities. They understand what they can do, what they can contribute, and what they need in terms of capacity building… I think UN-REDD can play a very important role to facilitate this kind of partnership building, both locally and internationally."

Yetti Rusli
Senior Adviser to the Minister of Forestry, Indonesia
2011 Co-chair of the UN-REDD Programme Policy Board
"We started talking about REDD before Bali COP13 in 2007, and our President has already committed to reduce emissions by 26 per cent in Indonesia by 2020, so the UN-REDD Programme will really help us, combining all our effort at the national level and in bringing those to the global level, working together with donors and other participant countries. So it's really important to scale up our effort to bring the value of the forests to more people.

"I'm thankful for the UN-REDD Programme, that we have this Programme in the world because I believe that UN-REDD is not a stand-alone programme. UN-REDD works together with FCPF and also FIP so that's the future, to save the forests, to improve the forests in order to cool down the earth."


Davyth Stewart
Senior Forest Campaigner & Legal Counsel, Global Witness
"The focus of UN-REDD should be on building governance in countries and investing in the monitoring of that governance, and building good robust monitoring systems. There are two aspects fundamentally of governance, and that is institutional capacity of REDD countries to receive the money and to implement the policy change that they need to implement, and also the capacity of the citizens of that country, the Indigenous Peoples and local communities, and the forest dependent communities who are living in and around the forest, who are affected by the policies, to be engaged in the government, in the decision making process.

"I think we’ve always got to start with the local communities and the people living in and around the forests… They have to have a voice, they have to be empowered, they need land tenure questions resolved, they need capacity, they need education, they need support, so they can be a major player in the decision making, and so that’s really got to be one of the main focuses. Civil society’s engagement is crucial to the success of this."

Flemming Winther Olsen
Senior Adviser, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Denmark
"One of the important activities of the UN-REDD Programme is to put economical value to our natural resources so that we really understand that without valuing them, we will not achieve sustainable development."


Akiko Suzuki
Climate Change Division, International Cooperation Division
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan
"Japan's contribution of more than US$3 million intends to support the (UN-REDD) Global Programme, as it places particular importance on the development of common international standards and guidelines in the field such as MRV, safeguards or benefit sharing mechanisms. As a major donor of REDD+, Japan will actively engage in the activities of UN-REDD.”

More on the UN-REDD Programme's sixth Policy Board meeting

The UN-REDD Programme's sixth Policy Board meeting was held in Da Lat, Viet Nam and attended by 122 participants from 24 countries.
Representatives from each of the seven UN-REDD Programme partner countries now in implementation shared experiences and early lessons learned during a panel discussion at the meeting.

During its sixth Policy Board meeting 21-22 March 2011 in Da Lat, Viet Nam, the UN-REDD Programme approved US$4 million in funding for Ecuador's National REDD+ Programme, endorsed a robust global package providing further support to countries’ action on REDD+, and decided to establish a process that engages countries in a needs assessment for REDD+. The Policy Board welcomed Japan's first funding commitment to the Programme of US$3 million for the UN-REDD Global Programme, and a first-time funding pledge from the European Commission of approximately US$14 million (€10 million). Norway affirmed its continued support to the UN-REDD Programme, pledging at least US$40 million in new funding for 2011-2012.The Government of Viet Nam hosted a field visit to REDD+ pilot district, Bao Thuan Commune, of Di Linh District, on Wednesday, 23 March. Post field visit the Government of Viet Nam also hosted a cultural show and dinner.

In this issue


Partnering with UN-REDD

UN-REDD at CBD's REDD+ Capacity Building Workshop in Asia-Pacific

Tropical Forest Summit in Brazzaville to Focus on Sustainable Management of Rainforests

REDD+ Partnership Held Rewarding Meeting in Bangkok

UN-REDD Report Round-Up
Features & Commentary

The Road Ahead for REDD+ in Ecuador
By: Daniela Carrión

Update on UN-REDD's Social and Environmental Principles and Criteria
By: Emily Dunning & Lera Miles
Reports & Analysis

Promoting Transparency and Integrity in REDD+

Linking Forests and Stakeholders to the Green Economy

UNEP FI to Release Report on Forest Carbon Finance
Looking ahead

Launch of UNEP FI Report: REDDy–Set–Grow: Opportunities, Risks and Roles for Financial Institutions in Forest – Carbon Markets
6 May 2011, London, UK

UN-REDD Programme Briefing to Permanent Missions to the UN Office
9 May 2011, Geneva, Switzerland

Joint World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank and UN-REDD Programme Workshop on Opportunity Costs of REDD+
16 - 20 May 2011, Cali, Colombia

10th Session of the UNPFII Secretariat
16 - 27 May 2011, New York City, USA
Previous Issues

Browse the archives
We welcome your comments and suggestions. Please contact us at UN-REDD@UN-REDD.org