A report from the UN-REDD Programme side event at the XIII World Forestry Congress in Buenos Aires, Argentina, 23 October 2009
|Over 200 people participate in the UN-REDD Programme side event at the XIII World Forestry Congress that took place in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on 23 October 2009
Over 200 people participate in the UN-REDD Programme side event at the XIII World Forestry Congress that took place in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on 23 October 2009. The purpose of the side event was to showcase the UN-REDD Programme’s support to country efforts to get ready for REDD. It revolved around two main themes: “What does it take to get ready for REDD? -- Early lessons from three countries”; and “What are the major practical tools to get ready, to implement and to monitor REDD?”.
In his welcome address, Mr. José Antonio Prado, Director of the Forest Management Division Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) Forestry Department, described the objectives and the key components of the UN-REDD programme. He emphasized on-the-ground support to the nine programme countries to get ready for REDD and noted that the UN-REDD Programme is expected to grow, given the increasing interest by forested developing countries to join and take action to reduce deforestation.
Mr. Nils Haugstveit, Norwegian Ambassador to Argentina, encouraged countries to keep up the optimistic spirit for sealing the deal for REDD in Copenhagen. “Nationally-led approaches to REDD are very important,” he said, “and it is critical to work specifically on measurement, reporting and verification (MRV) and governance issues, and share the lessons learned globally and regionally.” He also commended the good cooperation between the UN-REDD and the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF).
Viet Nam’s country progress was presented by Ms. Nguyen Tuong Van, Deputy Director of the Forestry Sector Support Partnership Coordination Office (FSSP CO) of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. In Viet Nam, REDD is one of the sub-programmes of the broader national sustainable forest management programme and aims to support biodiversity conservation programmes, the enhancement of forest carbon stock and generate additional income for forest activities. Overall, the implementation of REDD activities contributes to achieving the objectives of current environment and socio-economic development strategies.
Mr. Luis Cordoba, of Panama’s National Environmental Authority (ANAM) Forest Department, presented the country’s REDD implementation strategy and described the preparatory process of the UN-REDD National Programme, highlighting complementarities with the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF). He described the extensive stakeholder consultation process that had taken place in preparing the national REDD strategy and emphasized the importance of reliable forest monitoring to be able to benefit from the eventual REDD mechanism.
Mr. Felician Kilahama, Director of the Forestry and Beekeeping Division in the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism of Tanzania also described how the UN-REDD National Programme was developed following extensive consultations with non-governmental organizations and local communities, government institutions, the private sector as well as forest adjacent local communities and indigenous groups. Tanzania has recently started to implement the programme. Mr Kilahama emphasized the importance of agreeing on common approaches to long-term measurement, reporting and verification process, and the importance of including the private sector, for REDD to properly work.
Mr. Peter Dewees, Natural Resource Management Specialist at the World Bank, presented recent developments with the FCPF and the Forest Investment Program (FIP), describing their roles in different preparatory phases for REDD, highlighting that UN-REDD Programme is an important partner for these initiatives.
The event was chaired by Mr Yemi Katerere, Head of the UN-REDD Programme Secretariat. “REDD is doable,” he concluded, “and it offers an opportunity for forestry to become a key contributor to sustainable development, by developing forest management approaches that are environmentally, socially and economically sustainable. The UN-REDD Programme, together with its partners, will continue to support countries and the UNFCCC process. We look forward to seeing positive results from the December negotiations in Copenhagen.”
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- Viet Nam
by Ms. Nguyen Tuong Van, Deputy Director of the Forestry Sector Support Partnership Coordination Office (FSSP CO) of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of Viet Nam
by Mr. Luis Cordoba, National Environmental Authority (ANAM) Forest Department of Panama
by Mr. Felician Kilahama, Director of the Forestry and Beekeeping Division in the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism of Tanzania