3 September, 2010
The UN-REDD Programme welcomes Bangladesh, Bhutan, Central African Republic, Colombia, and Guatemala as new partners to the Programme.
The UN-REDD Programme’s Policy Board agreed in an inter-sessional decision in August to welcome Bangladesh, Bhutan, Central African Republic (CAR), Colombia and Guatemala as partners of the Programme and official observers to the UN-REDD Programme Policy Board.
This group of five countries joins the Programme’s nine pilot countries and 13 other partner countries across Asia and the Pacific, Africa and Latin America (see map below).
“We are extremely happy and honored to be part of the UN-REDD Programme,” says Karma Tsering, Chief Forestry Officer in Bhutan’s Ministry of Agriculture and Forests. “(It’s) not very complicated to appreciate REDD in the context of Bhutan’s current development principle of “Gross National Happiness”, and its long-standing belief of living in harmony with nature.”
|*New UN-REDD partner countries as of August 2010 |
Current UN-REDD Programme funding is programmed for its nine pilot countries, but partner countries can take advantage of many other benefits of the UN-REDD Programme, such as networking, and knowledge sharing, which is facilitated by the UN-REDD Programme’s online community of practice through its dedicated workspace. The workspace acts as a knowledge sharing tool where pilot and partner countries can find past and current information about REDD+ readiness activities, key documents, discussion fora, a calendar of events, meetings, mission and workshops, and other information tools, enabling countries to share information about their own REDD-related activities with each other.
Partner countries can also participate in global and regional workshops and have official observer status at UN-REDD Policy Board meetings, the next one is scheduled for 4-5 November 2010 in Washington, D.C. In addition, the Programme also offers pilot and partner countries access to our satellite imagery archives and the opportunity to participate in technical workshops that the Programme is supporting on a global level.
“We are delighted to welcome these five new partner countries to the Programme,” says Dr. Yemi Katerere, Head of the UN-REDD Programme Secretariat. “They will surely enrich the Programme with valuable REDD+ inputs and contributions and benefit from our strong community of practice.”
The UN-REDD Programme continues to pursue several funding options, enabling the Programme to expand the nature of its support on REDD+ to partner countries in the future. In the meantime, the Programme is very keen to support the exchange of experiences and engage with partner countries on REDD+ readiness.