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Dear Readers,

On the heels of another successful UN-REDD Programme Policy Board meeting last month in Asuncion, Paraguay, it's encouraging to reflect on how far the Programme has come and what our partner countries have been able to achieve to date.

One intervention at the policy board meeting that stood out to me in particular, was made by the Executive Coordinator of the Multi-Partner Trust Fund (MPTF) Office under UNDP, which administers the UN-REDD Programme fund. He said that among the more than 50 funds the MPTF Office manages, the UN-REDD Programme fund is one of the most active and successful in terms of disbursement rates. He concluded that the UN-REDD Programme is a success story more people should know about.

Indeed, after three years in operation, the UN-REDD Programme does have real progress to report. From its nine initial pilot countries, the Programme has grown to support 42 partner countries across Africa, Asia-Pacific and Latin America and the Caribbean. With the recent approval of funding allocations to UN-REDD National Programmes in Republic of Congo and Sri Lanka, the UN-REDD Programme now provides financial and technical support to 16 National Programmes, of which 13 are in implementation. With this support, most of these countries are already actively engaged in setting up systems for measurement, reporting and verification (MRV); several among them are trailblazing systems for benefit sharing and participatory governance assessments; and all of them have engaged in robust processes of stakeholder engagement. Early lessons from all these activities are contributing the global advancement of the REDD+ mechanism. These early lessons have also revealed that establishing national coordination mechanisms for REDD+ is critical for progress, and the UN-REDD Programme continues to engage with partner countries to support these efforts.

As of March 2012, total UN-REDD Programme support to countries, through both National Programmes and activities under the seven integrated work areas of the UN-REDD Global Programme, totaled US$116.1 million. To date, the Programme has benefited from the generous donor contributions of Denmark, Japan, Norway and Spain, which now total US$118.3 million. But with so much of this donor funding already allocated, the Programme's significant progress stands to lose momentum if more funding cannot be raised this year and beyond.

The UN-REDD Programme has evolved to be an integral vehicle of multilateral support to REDD+ countries and the broader international REDD+ community. We look forward to sharing our progress and results with new and prospective donors in 2012, in order to mobilize the resources needed to continue contributing to the success of the REDD+ mechanism.

Yemi Katerere
Head of the UN-REDD Programme Secretariat

In this issue


Highlights from UN-REDD's 8th Policy Board Meeting

Update on Paraguay's REDD+ Progress

Nigeria Hosts Innovative "REDD+ University"

Clarifying Forest Governance in Viet Nam

The Philippines Seeks Inputs from UN-REDD on REDD+ Safeguards
Features & Commentary

Sudan's REDD+ Progress
By: Dr. Patrick Van Laake

Panama Focuses on the Multiple Benefits of REDD+
By: Gabriel Labbate
Reports & Analysis

UN-REDD Launches its 2011 Year in Review Report

UN-REDD Gender and REDD+ Report Now Available French and Spanish

Two New UN-REDD Workshop Reports now Available

New Go-REDD+ Issue Explores How to Become a "Forest Adding" Country
Looking ahead

Indonesia REDD+ Workshops on Participatory Governance Assessments and Free, Prior and Informed Consent
11-21 April, 2012: Bogor, Indonesia

Indigenous Peoples Dialogue for Africa
19-24 April, 2012: Arusha, Tanzania

Strengthening Accountability and Transparency in REDD+ in Africa Workshop
24-26 April, 2012: Lusaka, Zambia

FIP Sub-Committee Meeting
30 April-4 May, 2012: Wahsington, D.C., USA
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