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UN-REDD Launches Three New Publications

The UN-REDD Programme recently launched a new report on mainstreaming gender in REDD+, as well as a new lessons learned and policy brief series.

Mainstreaming Gender in REDD+

This new publication by the UN-REDD Programme, entitled "The Business Case for Mainstreaming Gender in REDD+", sets out to demonstrate how integrating gender considerations in REDD+ planning makes good business sense.  The "Business Case" examines why integrating gender considerations may increase efficiency, efficacy and sustainability, and proposes initial recommendations on how to do so. The report also examines whatgender equality and equity mean and entail for stakeholder engagement, land and resources tenure, multiple benefits of forests, benefit distribution systems, anti corruption efforts and inclusive growth and development.

The report highlights brief case studies showing, for example in India, how women's participation has positively affected forest regeneration and the control of illicit grazing and felling; and how women's engagement as decision-makers in executive committees, as is shown in an example in Nepal, can lead to increase in forest carbon stock, increased sequestration of carbon dioxide, as well as increase community income.  Giving considerations to gender equality in REDD+, the report concludes, makes good business sense. Read more...

UN-REDD Lessons Learned: Asia-Pacific

Drawing from the early experiences of supporting partner countries in their REDD+ readiness and implementation efforts over the past three years, the UN-REDD Programme launched its first "Lessons Learned" series at COP17 in December 2011, with a substantive yet concise, 12-page publication focusing on lessons learned among UN-REDD Programme partner countries in the Asia-Pacific region.

In the "UN-REDD Lessons Learned: Asia-Pacific" booklet, the UN-REDD Programme identifies tangible challenges and best practices that have emerged among its 12 partner countries in the region, including examples and case studies related to information, monitoring and MRV, benefit distribution systems, safeguards and the formulation of national REDD+ strategies. In 2012, the Programme will launch two more publications in this series, focusing on Africa and Latin America and the Caribbean. The UN-REDD Lessons Learned: Asia-Pacific" booklet is available in English, French and Spanish.

UN-REDD Policy Brief: REDD+ and a Green Economy

The UN-REDD Programme's inaugural policy brief entitled, "REDD+ and a Green Economy: Opportunities for a mutually supportive relationship", was launched at COP17 in December 2011. In this policy brief, the UN-REDD Programme explores the concepts of REDD+ as a source of investment for green development; as a natural capital-led investment strategy; and as an opportunity for change to green development. The policy brief also offers recommendations for creating a roadmap for REDD+ in the context of green development. It is currently available in English, but will soon be translated into French and Spanish.

At the Inception Workshop, the UN-REDD Programme recognized the particularly strong inputs of the group CodeREDD who worked on the development of the national REDD+ strategy, which has been a great asset to the UN-REDD Programme in the Philippines. The country's national strategy will benefit from the inputs of the UN-REDD Programme to strengthen the implementation of its actions. This concerns in particular the MRV activities. The implementation of a monitoring and MRV action plan which can be integrated into the national strategy and support for the development of a national forest monitoring system shall be the main contributions of the UN-REDD+ Programme.

In this issue


UN-REDD Launches Three New Publications

7 New Countries Join the UN-REDD Programme

UN-REDD Develops Multiple Benefits Mapping Toolbox

New "GO-REDD+" Listserv Launched in Asia-Pacific
Features & Commentary

DRC Launches New National Forest Monitoring System
By: Danae Maniatis, Stefano Giaccio, Bruno Guay and Inge Jonckheere

Update on REDD+ in Mongolia
By: Bunchingiv Bazartseren, Lisa Ogle and Joel Scriven
Reports & Analysis

UN-REDD and FAO Explore the Legal Dimension of REDD+ Implementation

FAO Releases New Global Deforestation Estimates
Looking ahead

UN-REDD Social and Environmental Principles and Criteria; and Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) Workshops
8 - 10 February, 2012: Geneva, Switzerland
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