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UN-REDD Programme Approves US$4 million for REDD+ in Nigeria

At the Programme's recent Policy Board meeting, UN-REDD partner countries share valuable lessons learned in implementing their National REDD+ Programmes.


The approval of Nigeria's UN-REDD Programme was sealed with applause and a congratulatory handshake between Nigeria's National Coordinator for REDD+, Salisu Dahiru (left) and Policy Board co-chair Alexander Müller.

During its seventh Policy Board meeting (PB7) 13-14 October 2011, the UN-REDD Programme approved US$4 million in funding for Nigeria's National REDD+ Programme, bringing the total amount of approved funding for UN-REDD National Programmes to US$59.3 million.

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Partner Country Progress
The first day of the Policy Board meeting was devoted to hearing progress and lessons learned from UN-REDD Programme partner countries. Cambodia, Paraguay and Tanzania—three partner countries that have already begun implementing their UN-REDD National Programmes—engaged in an interactive panel to share the lessons emerging from their REDD+ implementation phases. Policy Board participants discussed progress, opportunities and challenges facing the 13 countries implementing National Programmes. The Policy Board also heard updates on REDD+ readiness efforts in Colombia, Guatemala, Republic of Congo and Sri Lanka.

Salisu Dahiru
National Coordinator for REDD+, Nigeria
"If you look at the current deforestation rates in Nigeria, it's one of the highest in the world. And the forest dependent communities are first in line in terms of the vulnerability of the adverse effects of deforestation. We think that the opportunity to partner with the UN-REDD Programme will give us the extra mileage to reverse environmental problems, improve the livelihoods of forest dependent communities and also contribute to Nigeria's efforts towards climate change mitigation. REDD+ for us is the ideal vehicle because of the potential it has to address all these problems.

My advice to countries that have yet to have their National Programmes approved, is for them to be resolute, determined and openly engaged in every opportunity to improve their capacity because generally most people are not very conversant with the REDD+ mechanism and the process. And there is the need to collaborate, share information, share experiences and to continue to learn, and learn and learn about REDD+. The UN-REDD Programme is a companion as well as a guide for every nation on this front."


 

Ana Lorena Cordova
REDD+ Focal Point, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, Guatemala
"We have a high rate of deforestation in Guatemala, so we need to improve our forest policies and other policies that are sometimes not helping the situation. Guatemala needs REDD+ plus because we think we have the potential to improve livelihoods and improve the environmental conditions of our forests.

Guatemala has an important relationship and experience working with the UN-REDD Programme agencies. They can give us technical support and we can build on that experience. We are very interested in the community and social issues related to forests in our country and I think that's also of high interest to the UN-REDD Programme."


Anura Sathurusinghe
REDD+ National Coordinator, Forest Department, Sri Lanka
"It's exciting because REDD+ is a new concept for us. There had been deforestation and forest degradation for a long time, and we were trying our best to stop or control it. But with these new interventions such as REDD+, and with the help of the UN-REDD agencies, we are trying to do something innovative. We are learning by doing, and Policy Boards meeting like this are allowing us to sharing our information and experience and these are good lessons for us to implement our future REDD+ programmes.

"After coming to know about REDD+, we were interested in becoming partners with the UN-REDD Programme. It's really different from other projects and programmes because it supports nationally-driven, country-led programmes. Partner countries can express their views and needs and get assistance from the three agencies involved in UN-REDD. So this is something new that I have not seen in other programmes and partnerships."


 

Gervais L. Itsoua Madzous
Assistant National REDD+ Coordinator, Republic of Congo
"In our country there is now more engagement with stakeholders. Civil society, Indigenous Peoples, the private sector—they are all engaged in the REDD+ process, and they will be represented in our national steering committee on REDD+. Republic of Congo is managing our forest pretty well. For example, we have already integrated reduced impact logging; it's already in our law. And now with REDD+, we can recognize what the country is doing with emission reductions. The value of the partnership with UN-REDD is that the Programme connects us with UN agencies which are able to assist us in developing our MRV systems, drafting IPCC guidelines and other structures to manage the process in our country."

 
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