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The UN-REDD Programme welcomes five new countries

Argentina, Cambodia, Ecuador, Nepal and Sri Lanka join the UN-REDD Programme, Denmark becomes a donor and Panama gets approval of its UN-REDD national programme



The UN-REDD Programme’s third Policy Board approved funding for Panama’s national programme

The UN-REDD Programme’s third Policy Board welcomed five new countries. Argentina, Cambodia, Ecuador, Nepal and Sri Lanka are the first to officially request to participate in the UN-REDD Programme, in addition to the initial nine member countries. Nearly 20 countries have expressed interest and more are expected to join.

All five countries indicated their interest in benefiting from the experience and knowledge generated by the UN-REDD Programme, particularly on the issues of measurement, reporting and verification (MRV) systems, and consultation with civil society and indigenous peoples.

“For us, joining the UN-REDD Programme is mostly about tapping into the Programme’s experience and expertise,” stressed Mr Leandro Carlos Fernandez, Argentina’s REDD National Focal Point . “We have forests on our borders with Bolivia and Paraguay, both UN-REDD countries, and we would like to be part of the process to increase cooperation between countries, and create a regional initiative on REDD.”

“We are here to address issues of deforestation and degradation together, as we are trying to improve the development of local communities,” said Dr Omaliss Keo, Cambodia’s focal point on REDD. “We look forward to working with the UN-REDD team to develop a REDD roadmap for Cambodia to guide all our REDD work in the future.”

The UN-REDD Programme’s third Policy Board approved funding for Panama’s national programme. The Policy Board approved the allocation of US$5.3 million to help the country get ready for REDD.

The UN-REDD Programme’s third Policy Board welcomes new countries: Argentina, Cambodia, Ecuador, Nepal and Sri Lanka join the UN-REDD Programme, and Denmark becomes a donor.

Panama went through an extensive process of consultation with civil society and indigenous peoples in order to prepare its national programme, building on the previous administration’s initial work. “I would like to congratulate the government of Panama,” said Mr Diego Escobar Guzman, representative of indigenous peoples of Latin America and the Caribbean. “You were able to successfully fill the gaps [in civil society consultations] in three months. This is a world record!”

With the approval of Panama’s national UN-REDD programme, the total approved funds for the UN-REDD Programme in its first year of operations amounts to US$37.4 million, or 72.3% of its US$51.7 million portfolio. Of the six countries that have had their programmes approved by the Policy Board, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Tanzania and Viet Nam have started implementing readiness activities.

Denmark became the second donor to the UN-REDD Programme after Norway, with an announcement of US$2.0 million.

The Policy Board meeting also welcomed four new representatives of civil society organizations. The elected civil society members of the Policy Board are: Mr. Pacifique Mukumba Isumbisho, Executive Director for the Support Center for Indigenous Pygmys and Vulnerable Minorities, representing civil society organizations from Africa; Ms. Effrey Dademo, Programme Manager of the Papua New Guinea Eco-Forestry Forum, representing civil society organizations from Asia and the Pacific; Ms. Paula Moreira, Lawyer for the Brazilian-based Amazon Environmental Research Institute, representing civil society organizations from Latin America and the Caribbean; and Ms. Rosalind Reeve, Forest Campaign Manager for Global Witness, representing industrialized countries’ civil society. Amongst the representatives, Ms. Rosalind Reeve was selected by consensus within the group to hold the rotating seat as full member for the first meeting.

More information on the third Policy Board meeting.

 


In this issue

News

The UN-REDD Programme welcomes five new countries

First regional consultation between indigenous peoples’ organizations from Asia and the Pacific and the UN-REDD Programme

Democratic Republic of the Congo requests support in establishing a regional Congo Basin approach on Measuring, Reporting and Verifying emissions from forests

The 13th World Forestry Congress supports the inclusion of REDD+ in the agreement on long-term cooperative action under UNFCCC



Features & Commentary

The International Tropical Timber Organization’s new thematic programme on REDDES -- By the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) Secretariat



Reports & Analysis

Engaging civil society on REDD in the Democratic Republic of the Congo: an example of best practice

Engager la société civile sur le REDD: un exemple de bonne pratique en République Démocratique du Congo

Representatives of civil society organizations now elected to the UN-REDD Programme Policy Board

Forests have many values: Promoting co-benefits within the UN-REDD programme



Looking ahead

UNFCCC meeting in Barcelona 2-6 November 2009, Barcelona, Spain
FAO, UNDP and UNEP convene a REDD side event



Previous issues

August 2009

September 2009



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