Update: The first REDD+ Academy session Asia-Pacific region is being hosted by the Government of Indonesia in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, from 28 October to 7 November 2014. The next REDD+ Academy sessions are envisaged for Africa and for Latin America/Caribbean in 2015, to be hosted by Argentina and Nigeria respectively, followed by REDD+ Academy sessions in rotating locations in different host countries.
The REDD+ Academy session shortly to be held in Yogyakarta, will bring together members of the Indonesian Parliament, environmental journalists, and REDD+ future leaders and practitioners from the sixteen UN-REDD partner countries across the region. The Academy offers a comprehensive training course on all aspects of REDD+, which is preceded by a pre-course online introduction.
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The REDD+ Academy is a coordinated REDD+ capacity development initiative led by the UN-REDD Programme1and the UNEP Environmental Education and Training Unit, which seeks to match the scale of the global climate change mitigation challenge and enable systematic, focused capacity development to deliver REDD+ on the ground.
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The development of the REDD+ Academy responds to needs expressed by UN-REDD Programme partner countries for a regionally focused education initiative for those involved in national REDD+ programmes. Accordingly, the design of the REDD+ Academy is guided by the following principles:
- To engage new REDD+ practitioners in key policy and economic sectors relevant for reducing deforestation and forest degradation,
- To build on existing REDD+ capacity development initiatives,
- To ensure the delivery of a long-term and sustainable learning experience, and
- To adopt a demand-driven, region specific approach to training tied to REDD+ implementation; and
- To facilitate South-South cooperation.
The Academy course, ten days in duration, will provide an overview of key REDD+ issues, including National REDD+ Strategies, National Forest Monitoring Systems, MRV and Monitoring, Reference Emission Levels, safeguards and Safeguard Information Systems, governance, stakeholder engagement, and climate finance, with the aim to empower participants to contribute to a well-informed national REDD+ process. A focus of the REDD+ Academy is to train REDD+ decision-makers in economic and policy sectors which will be essential for the success of Results-based Actions, such as agriculture, energy, mining, finance and development planning.
The REDD+ Academy will be underpinned by a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) being launched in 2015.
Participation is by invitation only and limited to participants from UN-REDD partner countries.
The REDD+ Academy design and delivery is led by a Steering Committee composed of UNEP, UNDP and FAO staff. The work of the Steering Committee will be supported by partners engaged in UN-REDD delivery and REDD+ capacity building including: UNORCID, UNITAR, CIFOR, IUFRO, the Climate and Development Knowledge Network, Conservation International, the Global Canopy Program, the World Wildlife Fund, and the Alliance for Global REDD+ Capacity.
Funding for the design and initial delivery of the REDD+ Academy has been provided by the Government of Norway. The UNEP UN-REDD Programme team and the UNEP Environmental Education and Training Unit/DEPI (EETU/DEPI) are coordinating the REDD+ Academy process. This will also draw upon the Global Universities Partnership on Environment and Sustainability (GUPES), which currently reaches out to over 400 Universities globally.
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1The UN-REDD Programme is the United Nations collaborative initiative on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD) in developing countries. The Programme was launched in 2008 and builds on the convening role and technical expertise of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).