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UN-REDD at COP16 and Forest Day 4

The UN-REDD Programme hosted and participated in a number of events during COP16 and Forest Day 4 in Cancun, Mexico, where the programme also launched its new publication "Perspectives on REDD+", all with the aim of strengthening support and advancing REDD+ readiness and implementation efforts.

Delivering as One: Achievements and Lessons Leanrned from REDD+ Readiness Activities
2 December 2010

In this session, high-level representatives from REDD+ countries, the World Bank, UN agencies and international organizations came together to take stock of the multifaceted partnerships that have emerged to support REDD+ efforts at the national, regional and international levels. By focusing on these various channels of collaboration (ie/ within the UN system; between the UN and World Bank; between the UN, Indigenous Peoples and civil society organizations) presentations and discussions highlighted the meaningful partnership being made to advance REDD+ efforts and what lessons can learned from these experiences.

"Perspectives on REDD+"Publication Launch
To further inform the discussions on how REDD+ work is advancing and the early lessons and challenges that are beginning to emerge, the UN-Programme launched its new publication "Perspectives on REDD+" at the CEB joint side event on 2 December in Cancun (available in English | Francais | Espanol).

In Perspectives on REDD+, the UN-REDD Programme explores some of the most difficult questions facing REDD+ efforts in three articles that look at the challenges around the application of FPIC in stakeholder engagement for REDD+; the multiple ecosystem-based benefits of REDD+ beyond carbon; and MRV and monitoring for REDD+.

REDD+ Hour: REDD+ and Biodiversity
30 November, 2010

This session explored the latest developments with regards to REDD+ and biodiversity. Specific topics included safeguards for biodiversity, tools for incorporating biodiversity conservation into REDD+, and monitoring of biodiversity as part of REDD+. Key developments from the COP10 CBD negotiations were covered in a presentation by Tim Christophersen, Forest Programme Officer, CBD Secretariat. Barney Dickson, Head of Climate Change and Biodiversity, UNEP-WCMC discussed the latest tools that have been developed for mapping and monitoring biodiversity in REDD+ pilot countries. Country representatives provided the perspective of implementing REDD+ at the national level and the implications for biodiversity. Tim Kasten, Deputy Director of the Division for Environmental Policy, UNEP moderated the event which had ample time for questions, answers and discussions following the panelists’ presentations. Download flyer.

REDD+ Hour: Open Discussion sessions
1,3 and 6 December, 2010

The REDD+ Open Discussion sessions provided negotiators and others interested in REDD+ with an informal opportunity to discuss with REDD+ technical experts and practitioners, the latest developments on the ground and lessons learned from current experiences on REDD+. There were three sessions lasting one hour each, during which two to three REDD+ experts were available in the meeting room to answer any questions or discuss any key issues raised by interested parties. Read more on this event on our blog.

Forest Day 4
5 December 2010

Forest Day is one of the world's leading global events for those interested in forests and climate change to come together with others and exchange their views. Last year, nearly 1,500 people attended Forest Day 3 in Copenhagen, including world leaders, three Nobel Prize winners, top scientists, donors, global and regional media, policymakers, leaders of Indigenous communities, and notably 250 climate negotiators. This year, organizers are anticipating about 2,000 participants.

At Forest Day 4, the UN-REDD Programme's involvement included:

At both COP16 and Forest Day 4, the UN-REDD Programme was there to listen and engage with REDD+ countries, in order to better understand and service the needs of REDD+ countries moving forward. The Programme was grateful for the chance to meet with various REDD+ stakeholder in person and looks forward to similar opportunities throughout 2011




Yemi Katerer, Head, UN-REDD Programme

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