The United Nations Collaborative Programme
on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation
and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries
Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea (PNG) has one of the most significant areas of largely-intact tropical forest in the world, although these forests appear to be facing acute and imminent threats. Forests are also a vital resource for the local population particularly in the remote rural areas of PNG, providing food, fibre, building materials, and support a variety of wildlife and ecosystem services. The Papua New Guinea Forest Authority (PNGFA) estimates that approximately 60% of the total area of the country is covered by natural forests, of which 52% are considered production forests (for timber and other products), and 48% are for conservation (not for timber extraction due to inaccessibility or ecological constraints).

PNG has been a leading proponent of REDD+ at the international level, and was one of the original UN-REDD "pilot" countries. UN-REDD activities to date have focused on supporting effective stakeholder engagement, including through the development of guidelines for Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) and on developing technical elements of the country's national forest monitoring system. In 2013, UN-REDD will provide technical input to the methodological design of the country's first national forest inventory, in collaboration with PNG Forest Authority; as well as support the operationalization of PNG's satellite forest monitoring system, with the Office for Climate Change and Development.


Programme Activity Updates

Five More UN-REDD Partner Countries Start Implementing their National Programmes

August 2011

Cambodia, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Paraguay and Solomon Islands recently signed their National Programme documents, and now join the seven other UN-REDD Programme partner countries already in the implementation phase of their National Programmes. Read full article...

US$15.2 Million Approved for 5 Countries at the UN-REDD Policy Board Meeting

November 2010

Cambodia, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay and Solomon Islands talk about their REDD+ efforts and the value of their partnership with the UN-REDD Programme, after the UN-REDD Programme Policy Board recently approved funding to support their national REDD+ efforts. Read full article...

August 2010

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Budget: US $6.4 million

Timeframe: 2011 - 2013

Primary Partner: Office of Climate Change and Environmental Sustainability


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Technical reports 

Workshop reports 

National Programme Document
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Studies and other publications

  Office of Climate Change and Development (PNG)

David McLachlan-Karr
UN Resident Coordinator
Papua New Guinea

  Gwen Sissiou
National REDD+ Focal Point/ Director REDD and Low Carbon Growth Division,Office of Climate Change and Development (OCCD)
  Varigini Badira                                         UN-REDD Alternate Focal Point/ Executive Director, Office of Climate Change and Development (OCCD)                                            
  Federica Bietta                                        UN-REDD Alternate Focal Point/ Special Advisor on Climate Change, Office of the Prime Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  Tim Boyle
Regional Coordinator, UNDP
  Thomas Enters
Regional Coordinator, UNEP

Joel Scriven

Regional Coordinator, FAO

  Gwen Maru
Head of Energy and Environment
UNDP, Papua New Guinea