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Norway pledges NOK 240 million for second phase UN-REDD

The second phase of the UN-REDD Programme has been boosted by new support from Norway that has pledged NOK 240 million (≈ US$ 29 million) in new funding. The pledge was made during Executive Board meeting this week at the Rome, Italy headquarters of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

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Norway has pledged NOK 240 million (≈ US$ 29 million) in new funding for the UN-REDD programme in supporting countries to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation.

Executive Board members of UN-REDD applauded Norway’s new pledge of NOK 240 million (≈ US$ 29 million) in funding for the programme, made during Board meeting this week at the Rome headquarters of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

The funding will be applied to the work plan for 2018-2020, approved by the Board, for UN-REDD’s work in supporting countries to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, delivered by FAO, the UN Development Programme and UN Environment.

A number of UN-REDD’s 64 partner countries are advanced in REDD+ readiness but are requesting further technical support to move into the implementation phase. The new work plan identified nine countries — Colombia, Côte d’Ivoire, Indonesia, Mexico, Myanmar, Peru, Republic of the Congo, Viet Nam and Zambia — where in-country support will be catalytic in achieving each country’s particular REDD+ goals, coupled with robust global knowledge and capacity-building activities.

UN-REDD will continue to play a key role at the global level, building on its expertise and experience in knowledge management and capacity building so as to reach even more stakeholders between now and 2020. The programme is continuing to provide innovative solutions, harmonised approaches, best practices, high-quality knowledge products and supporting South-South collaboration said Malgorzata Buszko-Briggs, FAO’s Programme Coordinator for REDD+ in a statement.

Progress paper released

After the Executive Board meetings, the FAO Forest and Climate Change Working Paper “From reference levels to results reporting: REDD+ under the UNFCCC” was formally released. It outlines the significant progress that partner countries have made in the measurement, reporting and verification of REDD+ activities for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

That information is important to ensuring transparency in monitoring and reporting forest reference emission levels that are vital to the overall REDD+ work, aimed at supporting countries in their REDD efforts.

This working paper shows us that a number of countries are already making significant progress in their efforts to report REDD+ actions to the UNFCCC. As of early 2017, 25 countries have submitted 26 REDD+ FREL/FRLs and were participating in associated technical assessment processes. Four countries have reported their complete REDD+ results to the UNFCCC, with total reductions of over six billion tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalents, mostly from Brazil, said Julian Fox, Team Leader for National Forest Monitoring for FAO Forestry.

According to Fox, these are crucial steps in the REDD+ process because FRELs/FRLs provide a critical benchmark for assessing a country’s performance in implementing REDD+ activities. To date, of the FRELs/FRLs submitted, the UNFCCC has published 12 technical assessment reports. A further 14 technical assessments are ongoing.

About UN-REDD

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

The UN-REDD Programme supports nationally-led REDD+ processes and promotes the informed and meaningful involvement of all stakeholders, including indigenous peoples and other forest-dependent communities, in national and international REDD+ implementation.

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