Features & Commentary
More UN-REDD Partner Countries Now Receiving Targeted Support
An increasing number of UN-REDD Programme partner countries are benefiting from the UN-REDD Programme's stream of "targeted support"...
By: Thais Linhares-Juvenal;
The UN-REDD Programme’s support to national REDD+ actions has become increasingly country-specific, especially since March 2012 when the procedures for requesting targeted support were presented at the UN-REDD Programme Policy Board meeting in Asuncion, Paraguay. Partner countries, both with and without UN-REDD National Programmes, are actively engaging with the three Participating UN Organizations of the UN-REDD Programme (FAO, UNDP and UNEP) to articulate tailored requests for support that can help them leverage their REDD+ national efforts. Between April and September of this year, the UN-REDD Programme received eight requests for targeted support from partner countries, and a total of US$1.2million has been approved.
The delivery of targeted support to this first set of countries formulizes a modality that was endorsed in the UN-REDD Programme Strategy and the "Support to National REDD Action: Global Programme Framework Document 2011-2015". Starting in March 2012, the UN-REDD Programme has made this modality of support more visible to partner countries by providing more clarity on how countries can directly benefit from targeted support.
How Targeted Support Works
Targeted support is a demand-driven, support mechanism that enables countries to request
and receive support for REDD+ work related to one or more of the work areas identified in the "Support to National REDD+ Action: UN-REDD Global Programme Framework 2011-2015". In practical terms, targeted support includes specific technical advice and other capacity development requested by a country on a critical REDD+ readiness aspect it has identified, which is not covered through other multilateral or bilateral initiatives or by its UN-REDD National Programme, and where the UN-REDD Programme has the comparative advantage to provide such support. All UN-REDD Programme partner countries are eligible to receive targeted support, subject to the availability of funds and programming priorities outlined in the work plan and budget of the UN-REDD Programme. As targeted support is funded through the budget of the Global Programme, which is approved on an annual basis, its implementation period is limited to 12 months. The Procedures for Requesting UN-REDD Programme Targeted Support are available as part of the documentation of the eighth UN-REDD Programme Policy Board meeting.
Through targeted support, the UN-REDD Programme is assisting the growing community of partner countries to further benefit from the expertise and experience of the REDD+ community as well as strengthening South-South exchange. Moreover, targeted support offered alongside UN-REDD National Programmes creates opportunities to learn from country implementation and to enhance the contribution of the Programme by integrating lessons learned into current and future activities, thereby strengthening the global REDD+ community as a whole.
Approved targeted support requests: April-September 2012:
Bangladesh (US$270,200)– Support to the development of their MRV action plan, their national REDD+ readiness plan, and REDD+ readiness roadmap addressing corruption risks and capacity building on social impacts
Bhutan (US$105,000)– Formulation of national REDD+ strategy, monitoring and MRV for REDD+, options for benefit distribution and addressing corruption risks; and ensuring multiple benefits of forests
Kenya (US$320,000)– Gap analysis of the forest-related legal framework relevant to REDD+ focusing on land and carbon tenure issues, anti-corruption, carbon rights and benefit-sharing; and awareness raising and capacity building on green economy investments in forests
Mongolia (US$191,485)– Action plan for national forest monitoring system for REDD+ including development of a forest satellite monitoring system and re-design of national forest Inventory methodology; support to governance and social safeguards; institutional capacity development of the Forestry Agency; and identification of options for equitable and transparent benefit distribution
The Philippines (US$131,000)– Development of a capacity-building programme for the provision of information on safeguards and developing REDD+ readiness; and for options for benefit distribution and addressing corruption risks
Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands (US$100,000) (joint request)– Development of a proposal for a regional support structure for forest monitoring and measurement
Suriname (US$100,000)– Strengthening the capacity of the Climate Compatible Development Agency in its role in leading the country’s REDD+ readiness efforts
Targeted support approved in 2012 before established procedures:
Prior to the established formal procedures to request targeted support in April 2012, Participating UN Organizations approved US$986,300 in targeted support for national REDD+ efforts in the following countries:
Ecuador (US$105,000)– Initiating a participatory governance assessment of national REDD+ efforts
Indonesia (US$341,250)– Supporting participatory governance assessment of national REDD+ implementation
Nepal (US$80,000)– Strengthening national capacity for coordinated REDD+ governance and benefit distribution
Nigeria (US$75,000)– Supporting the initial stage of a participatory governance assessment of national REDD+ efforts
Paraguay (US$100,000)– Implementation of national REDD+ forest monitoring
Peru (US$155,150)– Strengthening the informed participation of indigenous peoples in the design and implementation of a national REDD+ mechanism
Sri Lanka (US$13,900)– Formalization of REDD+ preparation proposal and development of MRV action plan
Viet Nam (US$116,000)– Supporting the initial phase of a participatory governance assessment of national REDD+ efforts
Requests in process
In addition to the above-mentioned countries, the UN-REDD Programme is responding to requests from Argentina, Costa Rica, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Ivory Coast.
|Thais Linhares-Juvenal is Senior Officer, in charge of UN-REDD Global Programme coordination at the UN-REDD Programme Secretariat, based in Geneva, Switzerland.