Support to REDD+ negotiators and land managers

 

Supporting REDD+ negotiators and land managers in developing countries. Photo: V. Meadu, ASBSupporting REDD+ negotiators and land managers in developing countries. Photo: V. Meadu, ASB

Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD-plus) is a highly technical and rapidly evolving subject and many developing countries require support to develop options and negotiate effective modalities and processes that could be included within an agreement under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and within national implementation plans.

The ASB Partnership for the Tropical Forest Margins has partnered with the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) to deliver a series of workshops that aim to increase understanding of the REDD negotiations. They also aim to provide information on actual experiences in the forestry sector that could be used to lay the technical and policy foundations for better REDD programs. In addition to bringing together negotiators and stakeholders from countries receiving support from the UN-REDD programme and the World Bank Forest Carbon Partnership Facility, the workshops encourage South-South sharing of information.

Objective:

To support climate change negotiators and land managers in developing countries to negotiate for effective and fair international and national-level policies for Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD-plus).

Activities

Four workshops took place in 2009-2010. The workshops in November 2009 were focused on the upcoming UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen (UNFCCC COP15), while the March 2010 workshops focused on assessing the COP15 outcomes and developing strategies for moving forward. The two workshops in Kenya included participants from 15 African countries, and the two workshops in Vietnam included participants from 8 Asian countries.

The second phase of the project started in January 2011 with a REDD Development Dividend Task Force meeting in Manila, Philippines where 15 experts drawn from Philippines, Indonesia, Cambodia, Nepal, Costa Rica, Paraguay, Brazil, Cameroon, Ghana and United States explored i) how countries can strengthen the Measurement, Reporting and Verification (MRV) process for REDD and ii) co-benefits derived from the REDD process and effective benefit sharing mechanisms. Read related article

Following up on the REDD taskforce meeting, two training workshops were held in May 2011 in Cameroon and Vietnam. Over 120 government negotiators, land managers, representatives of non-government organizations and climate change scientists enhanced their understanding and skills on technical issues relating to the REDD+ implementation process. Country experiences enriched the training which focused on MRV and safeguards. Read related material

A South-South exchange web platform has been developed for building capacity for REDD+ negotiators and stakeholders in Africa and Asia. All  materials, presentations and other updates rom the meetings and workshops can be accessed on the ASB-ICRAF and IISD platform.

The third and final meeting convened over 30 participants and expert presenters in April 2012 in Nairobi Kenya to discuss two REDD+ success factors for consideration within the international climate change negotiations. These were:  i) developing and implementing REDD+ safeguard information systems (SIS) and ii) fostering effective private sector engagement in the REDD+ value chain.

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This project is implemented with funding from NORAD – the Norwegian Agency for Development Co-operation.

 

 

 

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Main outputs from Phase III of the project:

A. The Private Sector in the REDD+ Supply Chain: Trends, Challenges and Opportunities

B. Designing Effective REDD+ Safeguard Information Systems: Building on existing systems and country experiences