A group of government officials from Côte d'Ivoire's office of the Prime Minister, Ministry of Environment and Ministry of Water will travel to Costa Rica alongside representatives from the national REDD+ secretariat and UN-REDD Programme technical advisors from 19-23 September 2016, in order to enhance, strengthen and accelerate the two countries' REDD+ processes and to explore a strategic partnership on REDD+, sustainable agriculture and payments for ecosystems services (PES).The delegation will meet with the Vice-Minister of Environment of Costa Rica, Director of FONAFIFO (Ministry of Environment and Energy) and other government officials, along with representatives of civil society, academia and the UN.  

Costa-Rica and Cote d’Ivoire share an ambitious vision for forest conservation and expansion, in the context of national economies strongly rooted into agricultural production at commercial scale, with common crops like coffee and cocoa. They both actively work to progress their national REDD+ processes as a means to consolidate their achievements and further secure their forest transition and expansion. Both countries see PES as an instrument to deploy REDD+ and decouple sustainable agriculture from deforestation.

The knowledge exchange will allow delegates from Côte d'Ivoire to develop a thorough understanding of the potential for PES by assessing its innovative blend of economic and regulatory instruments, along with its challenges and successes. This is expected to provide a valuable and pragmatic example to contribute to the development of a PES system to conserve and regenerate ecosystems in Côte d'Ivoire. Côte d'Ivoire is currently mapping possible funding sources for PES and hopes to engage proactively in resource-mobilization.

The South-South Knowledge Exchange also aims to facilitate the formation of a strategic partnership which will act as a framework to intensify technical and political cooperation between Cote D’Ivoire and Costa Rica.

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