Partner Country Testimonials

Here's what partner countries say about working with the UN-REDD Programme:

"The value of working with the UN-REDD Programme is that these UN agencies (FAO, UNDP and UNEP) have a very long history of success in working in different fields. UNDP works with local communities, governance and a lot of development things, FAO works very strongly and cooperatively with the Cambodia government on forestry issues, and UNEP is very strong in co-benefits, biodiversity and bio-life conservation, so you see these are very good opportunities for Cambodia to engage with them to gain technical support and help us to make REDD work in Cambodia."
Omaliss Keo, REDD Focal Point, Cambodia

"The financial and technical contribution of the UN-REDD Programme will allow Ecuador to build its National REDD+ Program and to finalize its REDD+ readiness phase matching other sources of cooperation. The key elements of Ecuador´s National UN-REDD Programme are effective stakeholder engagement and the full compliance of the Principles and Criteria of the Programme."
Carola Borja, Undersecretary of Climate Change, Ministry of Environment, Ecuador

"Guatemala has an important relationship and experience working with the UN-REDD Programme agencies. They can give us technical support and we can build on that experience. We are very interested in the community and social issues related to forests in our country and I think that's also of high interest to the UN-REDD Programme."
Ana Lorena Cordova, REDD+ Focal Point, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, Guatemala

"I'm thankful for the UN-REDD Programme, that we have this Programme in the world because I believe that UN-REDD is not a stand-alone programme. UN-REDD works together with FCPF and also FIP so that's the future, to save the forests, to improve the forests in order to cool down the earth."
Yetti Rusli, Senior Adviser to the Minister of Forestry, Indonesia
2011 Co-chair of the UN-REDD Programme Policy Board

"We think that the opportunity to partner with the UN-REDD Programme will give us the extra mileage to reverse environmental problems, improve the livelihoods of forest dependent communities and also contribute to Nigeria's efforts towards climate change mitigation… the UN-REDD Programme is a companion as well as a guide for every nation on this front."
Salisu Dahiru, National Coordinator for REDD+, Nigeria

"The value of the partnership with UN-REDD is that the Programme connects us with UN agencies which are able to assist us in developing our MRV systems, drafting IPCC guidelines and other structures to manage the process in our country"
Gervais L. Itsoua Madzous, Assistant National REDD+ Coordinator, Republic of Congo

"After coming to know about REDD+, we were interested in becoming partners with the UN-REDD Programme. It's really different from other projects and programmes because it supports nationally-driven, country-led programmes. Partner countries can express their views and needs and get assistance from the three agencies involved in UN-REDD. So this is something new that I have not seen in other programmes and partnerships."
Anura Sathurusinghe, REDD+ National Coordinator, Forest Department, Sri Lanka

"We have lacked the financing, the technical support, the capacity-building, and this is what the UN is now coming in to do, to reduce those gaps. They are not coming up with a new project, or a new idea. They are helping us to achieve our own objectives."
Felician Kilahama, Tanzania


"The most exciting aspect of our work with REDD+ at the moment is in the area of FPIC-- Free, Prior and Informed Consent. This is a principle to ensure any local partners can join the process… they understand what they can do, what they can contribute, and what they need in terms of capacity building. I think UN-REDD can play a very important role to facilitate this kind of partnership building, both locally and internationally."
Pham Minh Thoa, Director, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Viet Nam