The United Nations Collaborative Programme
on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation
and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries
 
 
 
 

Dear reader,

REDD+ as part of the global climate change solution continues to evolve at a rapid pace. On 11 March, 54 countries from the world’s major forest basins gathered in Paris to begin defining an interim REDD+ partnership which will feed into the REDD+ negotiations already underway in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). More donors came to the table, and many of them pledged to devote at least 20 per cent of their fast-start funding under the Copenhagen Accord to REDD+.

There may be different views on the best way to develop an interim arrangement but there is wide consensus about the need to keep the REDD+ agenda moving forward. Participants at the Paris meeting stressed the need to implement REDD+ strategies in a faster, more coordinated way and preparations are already in full swing for a follow-up meeting in Oslo at the end of May.

Against this backdrop, the UN-REDD Programme stands ready to meet the call for greater coordination. Over the past few months, the Programme has deepened its partnership and collaboration with the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) to respond to the calls for simpler, more efficient REDD+ implementation. A shining example of this is in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where the country was able to recently present the same Readiness Preparation Proposal (RPP) to both initiatives which was in turn approved by both, paving the way for a more unified REDD+ processes. The Programme is also working closely with the Forest Investment Program (FIP) and other initiatives to ensure that REDD+ efforts are coordinated and efficient.

During its fourth Policy Board meeting in Nairobi mid-March, the UN-REDD Programme passed a resolution to create a collaborative platform with FCPF for sharing country experiences and lessons as well as policy discussions. This resolution was also endorsed at the FCPF’s Participants Committee meeting a week later in Gabon.  A second key decision taken by the governing bodies of the two initiatives was to explore how to optimize delivery of REDD+ readiness at the country level through multiple delivery partners.

These critical decisions demonstrate that the UN-REDD Programme, together with the FCPF and other partners, is not only listening to the calls for greater efficiency, but also taking action to design the best way forward for REDD+. We believe we are well-positioned to play a significant role in any interim REDD+ partnership, and we remain deeply committed to servicing the needs of countries in their REDD+ readiness efforts.

Yemi Katerere
Head of the UN-REDD Programme Secretariat

In this issue

News

Bolivia, DRC and Zambia Secure Critical Funding for their REDD+ Readiness

REDD+ Country Progress… In Their Own Words

FAO Publishes its Latest Global Forest Resources Assessment (FRA 2010) and Calls for Early Action on REDD+
Features & Commentary

Forest Area Statistics Don’t tell Everything By: Petteri Vuorinen

UN-REDD National Programmes: Where to begin? By: Chris Cosslett

The Democratic Republic of the Congo Holds its Course… and its Pace By: Fabien Monteils
Reports & Analysis

Applying FPIC in Viet Nam

REDD+ at the Africa Carbon Forum

IPCC Experts Meeting

The UN-REDD Programme 2009 Year in Review Report
Looking ahead

9th session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
19-30 April 2010: UN Headquarters in New York

World People’s Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth
19-22 April 2010: Cochabamba, Bolivia

UNFCCC Expert Meeting on Capacity Building for REDD
26-27 April 2010, Bonn, Germany

UN-REDD Workshop: Identifying and Promoting Ecosystem Co-Benefits from REDD+, Organised by UNEP-WCMC
27-29 April 2010, Cambridge, UK

Olso Meeting on Interim REDD+ Arrangement
27 May 2010, Oslo, Norway
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