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Argentina’s native forests are estimated at a total of more than 31 million hectares, according to a National Native Forest Inventory completed in 2005. However, between 1996 and 2011, more than 4 million ha of forests were lost. This loss is increasing, and in the past decade deforestation rate amounted to 1.22%. The main deforestation hotspots are in the Parque Chaqueño and Selva Misionera ecosystems in the north; with serious degradation in the Yungas and the Patagonian Andean forests.

Action to reduce deforestation is demonstrated through the approval by National Congress of two acts: (1) Act 26331 on Minimal Standards for Native Forest Environmental Protection at the end of 2007; and (2) rules of procedure under National Decree 91.

Argentina became a partner country of the UN-REDD Programme in October 2009 and has since developed a Roadmap which sets out how the REDD+ Readiness activities will be implemented. The Roadmap has four components:

  1. Drafting of a REDD+ National Strategy (REDD+ NS)
  2. Establishment of the National Forest Reference Emissions Level
  3. Strengthening of the National Forest Monitoring System (NFMS)
  4. Development of a Safeguard Information System (SIS)

The UN-REDD Programme will be implemented in coordination with several initiatives related to the Forest Act; with other forest management-related national activities; and with other agencies and international cooperation programmes, e.g. the World Bank's Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF).

National Programme Updates

UN-REDD in Argentina

Budget: US$ 3,591,000 million

Timeframe : 2014 –


National Programme Submission Form
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Argentina Presentation at 12th Policy Meeting – Lima July 2014


Benigno Rodriguez
UN Resident Representative a.i.