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Feedback from REDD+ countries is pointing towards a desire to learn more from what others are doing, especially in terms of what has worked or not worked. In this month's newsletter, we feature what I consider to be a very important example of exactly the kind of cross-regional learning and exchanging that countries are yearning for and that can be a catalyst for moving the REDD+ concept forward.

In our lead article, "UN-REDD Countries from Asia Pacific and Latin America Meet in Unique Cross-Regional REDD+ Exchange", we read about Viet Nam's recent knowledge-sharing visits to Ecuador and Mexico, in collaboration with the UN-REDD Programme. Both of these visits resulted in valuable learning that all three countries will use to advance their national REDD+ efforts, specifically in the area of benefit distribution for REDD+.

As countries look to scale up their REDD+ activities, these face-to-face, south-south exchanges will play a central role in the advancement of REDD+. Reports and articles on progress, while valuable and necessary, can only teach us so much. Being together on the ground, in each other's forests—that's where the most effective learning can happen. These exchanges are allowing countries to avoid re-inventing the wheel, in order to parlay lessons learned into more informed decisions that have the potential to maximize limited resources.

There's another important lesson to take from Viet Nam's exchanges with Mexico and Ecuador. Rather than coming together to discuss REDD+ in general terms, they chose to focus their discussions on benefit distribution. This is key; the more strategic and targeted these exchanges are, the more beneficial I think they will be for all parties involved.

So I extend my congratulations to our three partner countries—Viet Nam, Ecuador and Mexico—for continuing to move their REDD+ efforts forward in such a constructive and meaningful way. The UN-REDD Programme looks forward to supporting more of these exchanges in the months and years to come.

Yemi Katerere
Head of the UN-REDD Programme Secretariat

In this issue


UN-REDD Countries from Asia Pacific and Latin America Meet in Unique Cross-Regional REDD+ Exchange

UN-REDD Highlights Partner Country Progress in Briefing to UN missions in Geneva

INPE and UN-REDD Partnering to Develop National Forest Monitoring Systems
Features & Commentary

UNEP-FI Launches New Study Stressing Financial Sector Involvement in REDD+
By: Sebastien Malo & Jessica Boucher

Senior Legislators from Brazil, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Indonesia and Mexico Launch Initiative to Prepare for REDD+ Laws
By: Chris Stephens
Reports & Analysis

Full Report from 6th UN-REDD Policy Board Meeting Now Available
Looking ahead

World Environment Day
5 June 2011: Worldwide

34th Session of the UNFCCC
6 - 17 June 2011: Bonn, Germany

UN-REDD joint side event with Ecuador at 34th Session of the UNFCCC
7 June 2011: Bonn Germany

REDD+ Partnership meeting & workshop
Meeting: 12 June 2011: Cologne, Germany
Workshop: 18 June 2011: Cologne, Germany

Vigne des Nations dedication to the UN-REDD Programme
17 June 2011: Village of Bernex, Switzerland

Oslo REDD Exchange
22 - 24 June 2011: Oslo, Norway
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