Uganda Announcements

On 17th and 18th April Uganda launched a prototype national Forest Account system at events targeting decision makers and technicians within key Government ministries.

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Four Ministers and high-level representatives from Ghana, Nigeria and Uganda came together to officially launch their National REDD+ Strategies at a COP 23 Side-Event in Bonn on 16th November 2017.

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To protect against potential risks and promote benefits from REDD+, seven safeguards must be supported throughout the implementation of REDD+ actions. These are known as the "Cancun safeguards", and were agreed at the 16th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate held in Cancun in 2010 (COP16).

Many UN-REDD partner countries are developing safeguards approaches and information systems with UN-REDD Programme support. To help share the latest information on country progress, this page includes links to workshop reports and materials (especially from 2015 onwards) as well as more formally published outputs. Spatial analysis products whose goals include safeguard support are found on the Multiple Benefits Country Resources Hub.

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A wealth of global knowledge products are also available on the Safeguards Technical Knowledge page.  

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Uganda hosted Africa's first National REDD+ Academy from 11-15 July, 2016. Forty participants took part in the training, including representatives from the Ministry of Water and Environment, Ministry of Justice, National Forestry Authority, civil society, the private sector and academia. In an innovative capacity-building feature of this national-level event, national experts presented alongside global and regional REDD+ advisors on each of the Academy's 12 modules. A film was produced highlighting lessons learned and aimed at stressing how participants deepened their understanding of REDD+ implementation in Uganda.

 

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Uganda hosted Africa's first National REDD+ Academy from 11-15 July, 2016. Forty participants took part in the training, including representatives from the Ministry of Water and Environment, Ministry of Justice, National Forestry Authority, civil society, the private sector and academia. In an innovative capacity-building feature of this national-level event, national experts presented alongside global and regional REDD+ advisors on each of the 1Academy's 12 modules.

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A new video has been launched highlighting lessons and experiences on Safeguards from Africa. The video provides key lessons learned and experiences from participating countries in the UN-REDD Programme Africa Regional Exchange on Country Approaches to Safeguards held in Nairobi in June 2015. The workshop brought together 33 participants from 19 African countries, and 3 participants from Costa Rica, Mexico and Viet Nam. The video highlights participating countries’ opportunity to share experiences and jointly build capacities on country approaches to the Cancun safeguards during South-South Learning Exchanges.

 

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A new report entitled ‘Supporting planning for multiple benefits from REDD+ in Uganda:  exploring synergies with the Aichi Biodiversity Targets’ authored by Elina Väänänen, Lisen Runsten, Simon Blyth, Xavier Mugumya,  Margaret Mwebesa, and Rebecca Mant is available here.  While REDD+ activities have the potential to provide multiple social and environmental benefits, there is also a need to avoid social and environmental risks.This report examines steps in the REDD+ planning process that can support the delivery of multiple benefits in Uganda. It discusses the importance of identifying potential benefits and risks in designing REDD+ interventions and country approaches to safeguards. It also highlights the potential for synergies between REDD+, the Aichi Biodiversity Targets and the National Biodiversity Action Plan. Using example maps for Uganda, the report illustrates how spatial analysis can support REDD+ planning. 

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UN-REDD Programme countries in East Africa vowed to join forces to implement a coordinated strategy to combat the illegal logging and timber trade. Helen Clark, UNDP Administrator together with H.E. Tine Sundtoft, Minister of Climate and Environment, NORWAY, H.E. Lazaro Nyalandu, Minister of Natural Resources and Tourism, TANZANIA, Hon. Ephraim Kamuntu, Minister of Water and Environment, UGANDA and Mr. David Mbugua, Director - Kenya Forestry Services, KENYA voiced their concern about the diminishing forestry cover in their respective countries. They spoke of the detrimental effect this is having on their economies either in terms of ruined ecosystems affecting biodiversity, and essential for tourism, or underpayments of timber and lost taxes vanishing into foreign tax havens, and even threat to state security due to extent of interconnected organised crime in trafficking and corruption.  Press Release - http://bit.ly/1lRA6tZ

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