Costa Rica Announcements

Since 2013, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has been collaborating closely with the Virtual Center of Excellence on Forest Monitoring (CEVMF) to reinforce South-South Cooperation in forest monitoring. This partnership operates within the framework of the Mesoamerican Strategy for Environmental Sustainability that aims to deepen and diversify existing regional cooperation in environmental matters in the context of the growing economic, political and social connection between ten countries of the Mesoamerican region.

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La creciente transformación del uso de suelo y la expansión de la frontera agrícola y áreas pobladas son factores en común entre Côte d’Ivoire y Costa Rica. En respuesta a esta problemática, ambos países han procurado, de manera creciente, delinear estrategias de movilización de recursos financieros para implementar estrategias para reducir la deforestación y degradación forestal, y promover planes de producción sostenible de sus materias primas.

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El gobierno de Costa Rica decretó el pasado mes de julio de 2017 el reglamento para la ejecución de la estrategia nacional REDD+, dando un paso más hacia la inserción del mecanismo en la legislación del país y hacia su implementación.

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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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Costa Rica es conocido mundialmente como un país verde por excelencia, para avanzar en el logro de los objetivos de desarrollo sostenible, es indispensable contar con el sector financiero como un aliado que actúe como puente en unir los esfuerzos entre la producción competitiva y a la vez ambientalmente sostenible. 

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The UN-REDD Programme hosted a side event at COP22 in Marrakesh for South-South exchange between REDD+ countries on reference levels and results reporting.

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The Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development of Côte d'Ivoire and the Minister of Environment and Energy Costa Rica have signed a long term Memoradum of Understanding (MOU) at a COP22 side event in Marrakech. The purpose of the MOU between the two countries is to provide a framework for cooperation and facilitate collaboration in areas of climate change and forestry, with the ultimate goal of enhancing, strengthening and accelerating their respective REDD+ processes. Ultimately, this collaboration will contribute to the implementation of sustainable forest management in Côte d'Ivoire and Costa Rica. 

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Más de 40 representates del sector financiero costaricense ampliaron conocimientos sobre la valoración de riesgos ambientales y sociales con miras a incorporar variables en la asignación de créditos y contribuir de esta manera con los objetivos planteados en la Estrategia REDD+ de Costa Rica.

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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).

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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.  

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The UN-REDD Programme has directly supported five countries in preparing their forest reference level /forest reference emission level (FRL/FREL) submission to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). With their FRELs now submitted, the Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Paraguay, Viet Nam and Zambia now have a benchmark for assessing their country’s performance in implementing REDD+. 

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