Look Ahead to 4th Policy Board
The UN-REDD Programme looks forward to holding its 4th Policy Board meeting 17-19 March in Nairobi, Kenya.
Policy Board meetings are an important opportunity for the Programme to share experiences and lessons learned, as well make strategic decisions that move the Programme forward. Key items on the 4th Policy Board agenda include: feedback on country programmes, budget approval for three National Programmes ( Bolivia, DRC and Zambia) and the Global Programme, presentation of the Programme’s first five-year draft strategy, and discussions around the UN-REDD Programme’s collaboration with other REDD+ initiatives in 2010.
The meeting will be begin with an optional field trip to the Rift Valley on 17 March, which will provide the group with an opportunity to look at a variety of issues related to REDD+, climate change, deforestation, ecosystem services, and the need for regional and South-South cooperation. The Programme is also fortunate to have a number of noteworthy speakers at the meeting, including UNEP’s Executive Director, Achim Steiner, and Nobel laureate Wangari Maathai, who will both be a part of the meeting’s opening session.
A strong emphasis will be placed on ensuring new countries and participants, including eight new observer countries, are welcomed and fully introduced to the UN-REDD Programme and stakeholders. Time will also be devoted to reviewing and sharing country progress in an interactive and dynamic way.
Progress since 3rd Policy Board
The UN-REDD Programme will also report on the Programme’s progress since the last Policy Board meeting in October 2009. Some highlights include:
- Welcoming Spain as a new donor in November 2009
- The official launch of the UN-REDD National Programme in Tanzania in November
- UN-REDD Programme side events at the UNFCCC Climate Change Talks in Barcelona and the UN High Level Conference on South-South Cooperation
- Co-organizing and participating in several events at COP-15, including Forest Day 3
- Completion of the REDD+ Benefits Distribution Study in Viet Nam
- FAO partners with Google Earth to test Google’s new earth observation application prototype in Tanzania using some applications from the FAO Forest Resource Assessment.
The Programme looks forward to building on this progress and is confident the 4th Policy Board will provide fresh new goals and direction to further evolve the UN-REDD Programme in 2010.