Update on Paraguay's REDD+ Progress
Paraguay recently hosted an inception workshop to kick off its UN-REDD National Programme.
On 14 March 2012, Paraguay's National Team organized an inception workshop in Asunción which marked the culmination of intense discussions and solid agreements for implementing the country's UN-REDD National Programme, as well as the formal beginning of previously programmed implementation activities.
The workshop brought together representatives of national and international, governmental and non-governmental organizations, as well as representatives of Indigenous communities and civil society organizations. The Secretariat of the Environment (SEAM) in Paraguay, the National Forestry Institute (INFONA) and the Federation for the Self-Determination of Indigenous Peoples (FAPI) constitute the National Team in charge of implementing the country's UN-REDD National Programme.
The Minister of the Environment, Mr. Oscar Rivas, chaired the event and gave a detailed and thorough presentation on national environmental policy and on the importance of the UN-REDD National Programme for both the environmental and national forest management strategies in Paraguay. The United Nations Resident Coordinator for Paraguay, Mr. Lorenzo Jimenez de Luis, in turn emphasized that the readiness process was exemplary and that preliminary implementation agreements were carried out jointly and in a well-articulated manner. Mr. Jimenez de Luis also highlighted the participation of Indigenous Peoples in the political and technical management of the Programme.
The President of FAPI encouraged Indigenous Peoples to further become involved in initiatives related to global issues relevant to all stakeholders such as climate change. He also urged the country to continue granting Indigenous Peoples a space for dialogue and decision-making.
Funding earmarked for Paraguay's UN-REDD National Programme is US$ 4.7 million. The Programme is supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).