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Republic of the Congo Signs its UN-REDD National Programme

At the UN-REDD Programme Policy Board last month, Republic of the Congo became the 15th UN-REDD partner country to sign its National Programme, kicking off REDD+ implementation in the country.
By : Georges Claver Boundzanga

The UN-REDD National Programme document to support the REDD+ process in the Republic of the Congo was signed on Friday, 26 October 2012, in Brazzaville. It contains the basic technical and financial components of the UN-REDD Programme's support to the Republic of the Congo's REDD+ process, and lays out the cooperation framework between the government of the Republic of the Congo and each of the Participating UN Organizations to the UN-REDD Programme (FAO, UNDP and UNEP).

The Programme is based on the country's REDD+ strategic document, also known as a Readiness Preparation Proposal (R-PP), approved in 2010 by the government and the World Bank's Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF). An improved version of the R-PP was presented and also approved by the UN-REDD Programme Policy Board in March 2012. The UN-REDD Programme's support offers a perfect complement to the government's action and is fully in line with the support provided by the FCPF.

To date, funds secured for the national REDD+ process include US$600,000 from the government of the Republic of the Congo; US$3.4 million from the FCPF; and US$4 million from the UN-REDD Programme.

These funds will help cover the bulk of costs associated with the REDD+ readiness phase (including activities related to implementation, the national REDD+ strategy, establishing baselines and MRV systems). Notably, the UN-REDD Programme will supply both technical and funding support to the national REDD+ process over a period of three years. Congo's UN-REDD Programme is part of the national REDD+ process getting the country ready to implement its national REDD+ strategy by 2015, with a view to building a green economy. UN-REDD Programme support aims to help build national capacity for organization, dialogue, strategic analysis and technical assistance to support the REDD+ mechanism.

Republic of the Congo's UN-REDD National Programme pursues three specific outcomes:
1. A well managed and fully participatory national REDD+ process;
2. The country is ready for the implementation of structural reforms and REDD+ investments, taking into account safeguards;
3. A comprehensive system for information and monitoring of REDD+ is functioning.

The focus of Programme implementation will include:

  • Supporting national REDD+ institutions and devolution of the REDD+ process to subnational entities (three pilot "departments");
  • Creating a reference level for REDD+ and developing a measurement, reporting and verification (MRV) system;
  • A programme of small grants and support to the development of pilot projects in order to foster nationally-appropriate experiences and help civil society stakeholders rapidly realize REDD+ potential on the ground;
  • Supporting the Ministry of Forest Economy and Sustainable Development to steer investments towards a green economy, and put REDD+ on the national path towards sustainable development;
  • Preparing priority REDD+ investments based on strategic options;
  • Developing an effective and transparent REDD+ implementation framework, including a national registry for REDD+ activities and a social and environmental risk management and monitoring system.

In line with the FCPF, the UN-REDD Programme's support will enable the REDD+ National Coordination in charge of steering the REDD+ process in the Republic of the Congo to make the country REDD+ ready by 2015.

Georges Claver Boundzanga is the National REDD+ Coordinator in Republic of the Congo's Ministry of Forest Economy and Sustainable Development.





In this issue


UN-REDD at COP18 and Forest Day 6

Lao PDR and Morocco Join the UN-REDD Programme

UN-REDD Policy Board Approves US$47.6 Million in Support to National REDD+ Actions

Indonesia Presents its REDD+ Forest Governance Progress

REDD+ Day at CBD COP11

Cambodia Takes First Step Toward a National Forest Inventory

Features & Commentary

Republic of the Congo Signs its UN-REDD National Programme
By: Georges Claver Boudzanga

Phasing out REDD+ Phase I in Viet Nam
By: Thomas Enters

Tanzania Conducts Comprehensive REDD+ Capacity Needs Assessment
By: Ralf Ernst


Reports & Analysis

New UN-REDD Success Story: DRC's Safeguard Standards

Kenya Releases Report Linking the Value of Forests to the Economy

Two New Go-REDD+ Issues from UN-REDD in Asia-Pacific

Looking ahead

REDD+ Partnership Meeting
25 November, 2012: Doha, Qatar

UNFCCC Climate Change Conference (COP18)
26 November- 7 December, 2012: Doha, Qatar

Forest Day 6
2 December, 2012: Doha, Qatar

UN-REDD Programme COP18 side event
5 December, 2012: Doha, Qatar

REDD+ Partnership High-Level Event
5 December, 2012: Doha, Qatar

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