Malaysia and Uganda Join the UN-REDD Programme
The UN-REDD Programme is now working with 44 partner countries across Africa, Asia-Pacific and Latin America and the Caribbean.
The UN-REDD Programme’s Policy Board agreed in a recent inter-sessional decision in May to welcome Malaysia and Uganda as new partners of the Programme and official observers to the UN-REDD Programme Policy Board.
"Malaysia hopes to build upon the experience gained from the region, develop common approaches, tools and guidelines to facilitate the country's REDD+ readiness activities through this partnership with the UN-REDD Programme," says Datuk Dr. Abdul Rahim Nik, Deputy Secretary General II for Malaysia's Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment.
"The UN-REDD Programme will benefit Uganda in all its Programme areas because, it is the only funding mechanism that has the highest resident expertise in all the three areas of REDD+, namely development, environmental stewardship and a robust history for forestry assessment," says Mr. Xavier Mugumya, from the Ministry of Water and Environment in Uganda.
Mr. Mugumya adds that the harmonization of many of the operational details of the UN-REDD Programme and the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility offers Uganda ideal conditions for leveraging comparative advantage offered by each UN-REDD Programme agency (FAO, UNDP and UNEP).
New UN-REDD Programme partner countries can benefit from receiving targeted support from the UN-REDD Global Programme-Support to National Actions, as well as unique knowledge sharing opportunities, facilitated through UN-REDD Programme events and the Programme's online collaborative workspace (www.unredd.net). Partner countries also have observer status at UN-REDD Programme Policy Board meetings, and may be invited to submit a request to receive funding for a National Programme in the future, if selected through a set of criteria to prioritize funding for new countries approved by the Policy Board.
To date, 16 UN-REDD Programme partner countries have presented National Programmes to the Policy Board and have been allocated a total of US$67.3 million in funding. The UN-REDD Programme continues to pursue additional funding options that will enable the Programme to expand its financial support on REDD+ to more partner countries in the future.
|*New UN-REDD Programme partner countries as of May 2012