UN-REDD Policy Board Approves US$47.6 Million in Support to National REDD+ Actions
The UN-REDD Programme launches its Africa Lessons Learned publication; Republic of the Congo signs its UN-REDD National Programme; and Luxembourg makes new donor pledge of €2 million.
During its ninth UN-REDD Programme Policy Board meeting 26-27 October 2012 in Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo, the Board approved the two-year work plan and budget of US$47.6 million for global-level and country-specific support to national REDD+ actions for 2013 and 2014. Through the Support to National REDD+ Action – Global Programme Framework 2011-2015, these funds will provide the Programme's 46 partner countries with targeted support, as well as common tools and approaches for various aspects of REDD+ readiness. This includes capacity building in the areas of forest monitoring systems, governance, stakeholder engagement, as well as promoting the multiple benefits of forests and the potential of REDD+ for green economy transformations.
The Board was pleased to welcome a first-time funding pledge of €2 million from the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. Luxembourg is the sixth donor to support the UN-REDD Programme, joining Denmark, the European Commission, Japan, Norway and Spain. With this pledge from Luxembourg, donor pledges and contributions to the UN-REDD Programme now total approximately US$156 million.
The Board applauded its host, the Republic of the Congo, for officially signing its UN-REDD National Programme before the ninth Policy Board meeting began. After the signing ceremony, the Republic of the Congo's Minister of Forest Economy, Environment and Sustainable Development, H.E. Henri Djombo, and FAO Representative in Republic of the Congo, Mr. Dieudonné Koguiyagda, welcomed more than 100 participants from 29 countries to the UN-REDD Programme Policy Board meeting.
"With the support from UN-REDD, which is completely coordinated with the support from the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility, Congo's National REDD+ Coordination will be able to prepare the country for REDD+ by 2015," said Minister Djombo.
Read the full announcement on the UN-REDD Programme's ninth Policy Board meeting.
Africa Lessons Learned booklet
The UN-REDD Programme was pleased to take the opportunity of the ninth Policy Board meeting to launch its Africa Lessons Learned booklet, now available for download in English, French and Spanish.
In this new publication, the UN-REDD Programme looks at lessons learned to date among its 16 partner countries in the region, with particular focus on the five countries with UN-REDD National Programmes, namely Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Nigeria, Republic of the Congo, Tanzania and Zambia. The goal of taking stock of these lessons is to provide countries with the chance to learn from each other as they advances through REDD+ readiness. The booklet looks at lessons related to building widespread understanding of REDD+; building institutional platforms for REDD+ coordination; streamlining support to countries; ensuring national REDD+ programmes respect UNFCCC safeguards; and being mindful of all three phases of REDD+. The booklet also includes case studies on developing Zambia's national forest monitoring system and including stakeholders in the development of safeguards in the DRC.
This Africa-focused booklet is the second in a series looking at regional REDD+ lessons learned among UN-REDD Programme partner countries. The first booklet focused on Asia-Pacific was launched in December 2011 at COP17 in Durban, South Africa (also available in French and Spanish). The Programme plans to launch its third booklet in the series, focusing on Latin American and the Caribbean, in 2013.