Following the completion of the South-South Knowledge Exchange between Côte d'Ivoire and Costa Rica (19-23 September 2016), the two countries have agreed to continue their cooperation towards environment protection, forestry development and green growth through technical and financial collaboration and knowledge sharing. The UN-REDD Programme has supported the development of this partnership and will continue facilitate and strenghten cooperation between the two countries.

The Letter of Intent was signed on September by the Director of FONAFIFO Costa Rica, Jorge Mario Rodriguez, and Permanent Executive Secretary of REDD+ Côte d'Ivoire, Marcel Yao. The signing was witnessed by UNDP Costa Rica's Assistant Resident Representative, Kryssia Brade. The Letter presents the main principals of the intended partnership, which will be consequently reflected in a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).

Areas of cooperation identified revolve around providing mutual support to the institutional capacity in the forestry and environment sector, and green growth through south-south exchanges based on technical cooperation, training, research/knowledge, and technological support and transfer. The UN-REDD Programme and UNDP country teams will facilitate the exchange of best practices, knowledge transfer and promotion of cooperation between the two countries on sustainable production of strategic crops such as cocoa, Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES), Measurement, Reporting and Verification (MRV) for crop expansion, REDD+ financial strategy for realizing green growth through sustainable forest expansion, and its robust implementation. The Programme will also support efforts to build Côte d'Ivoire's PES system to conserve and regenerate ecosystems in the country, and support a comprehensive response to achieve zero-deforestation agriculture in both Côte d'Ivoire and Costa Rica.

The UN-REDD Programme and UNDP will act as the partnership facilitators and the brokers in the transfer of this knowledge, ideas, expertise, products, services and resource. An MOU will be signed at COP 22 in Marrakech between the two Ministers of Environment of Costa Rica and Côte d'Ivoire.

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