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In many developing countries, the value of forests and their contribution to economic growth and people’s livelihood and well-being may be underestimated. Additionally, when designing policies and measures for REDD+, ministries in charge of forests may face competing priorities with other sectors including agriculture, energy, mining and infrastructure. Côte d’Ivoire, though, is committed to embed its future national REDD+ strategy into the broader development agenda, and build on existing policies to mainstream REDD+ action through multi-sector planning. To facilitate this process, decision-makers need reliable information and tools in order to effectively integrate, prioritize, select and promote multi-sector policies and measures. 

As part of its UN-REDD National Programme, the Government of Côte d’Ivoire is partnering with the Millennium Institute to build a modeling instrument that will support sustainable development planning in the country and analyze underlying policies, including the Vision Côte d’Ivoire 2040, the National Development Plan 2016-2020, various sectorial plans, and the National REDD+ Strategy. The project is under the responsibility of the Ministry of State, Ministry of Planning and Development, in close partnership with the Ministry of Economy and Finance of the Prime Minister, together with the Ministry of Urban Safety and the Ministry of Sustainable Development in charge of REDD+.

From 12-16 October, the Government of Côte d’Ivoire organized a first training and designing workshop in this regard. The workshop brought together a group of 45 experts – including 8 women – from 14 different ministries including the agriculture, energy, mining, environment, sustainable development, and infrastructures sectors. They were joined by leaders from civil society, the private sector, research centers and media, as well as an expert from the Millennium Institute.

The workshop marked the inception of the project, but moved well beyond general information and consultations. It facilitated participants to review current strategies, objectives and policies of the Government, and to build a shared understanding of the capacities of the group of experts on the model to be designed and its methodology. On this basis, participants identified priority policies and scenarios to analyze with the model, and started building the causal structure of the model for a few sectors including forests and mining. A plan to collect data was also formulated to feed into, and allow testing and fine-tuning of, the modeling instrument. A group of multi-stakeholders and cross-sectorial technical experts and leaders is now established and fully mobilized to bring this project to success. The roadmap includes establishing the model by January 2016, and training from February to April 2016 to analyze key strategies and policies, build national autonomy over the instrument, and pave the way for supporting the design of policies and measures as part of the future national REDD+ strategy.

 

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