Africa Announcements

Technical experts gathered in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire at the fourth and final  regional “Training the Trainers” Workshop to share their knowledge on REDD+ Monitoring, and Measurement, Reporting and Verification. The workshop was hosted by the Global Forest Observation Initiative (GFOI) & GOFC-GOLD from 6-10 February 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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Cross River State, with more than 50% of Nigeria’s remaining tropical high forests, has been the focus of REDD+ activity in the country. Within the context of the National REDD+ Readiness Programme, a recent priority for Cross River has been safeguards. UN-REDD Programme Safeguards Coordinator Steve Swan speaks with Edu Effiom, Chairman of the National Safeguards Working Group, to learn about their experiences engaging in a multi-stakeholder process to meet international requirements on REDD+ safeguards. Click here to read more.

The Republic of Congo recently completed an economic analysis of the costs and benefits of its strategic options for REDD+ and a review of financing sources for the implementation of its National REDD+ Strategy. This is the first part of a conversation between UN Environment's Emelyne Cheney and Jonathan Gheyssens about their experience of supporting the country with this challenging but decisive piece of work.

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The Democratic Republic of Congo has engaged on a dynamic process to program the first tranche of the REDD+ funds received from the Central African Forest Initiative (CAFI) to implement reforms and actions on the ground as delineated in the country's REDD+ investment plan. To that end, the Technical Commitee of the DRC National REDD+ Fund has met four times to date to examine submissions received following calls for proposals, and make recommendations to the Steering Committe led by the DRC Ministry of Finance. New pages dedicated to DRC on the CAFI website (in both French and English), describe the background, process and funding decisions to date.

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REDD+ work in Nigeria has received a major boost with the first sub national level Strategy for Cross River State (CRS) almost finalized as well as a National REDD+ Framework Strategy. Both Strategies are critical components of an innovative two pronged approach of State and Federal level implementation of REDD+ in Nigeria and efforts towards the implementation of the Warsaw Framework. 

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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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Cartographie et identification des moteurs de la déforestation et de la dégradation des forêts en Côte d’Ivoire : les résultats des dernières études présentés et validés à l’occasion d’un atelier national.

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Madagascar's National REDD+ Academy took place in Antananarivo from 31 October to 4 November, 2016. This 'training of trainers' session, organized by the UN-REDD Programme with support from World Bank/FCPF, saw the participation of 45 representatives from government agencies at both the national and regional levels, (almost half of them were women) including Ministries of Environment, Agriculture, Planning, Mining, Finance, Internal Affairs, National Parks and Management of Protected Areas. Other stakeholder participants included local partners from Conservation International, WWF, World Bank, Local Communities Federation, University of Anatananarivo, and CSOs representatives, such as the African Women’s Network for Community Management of Forests

 

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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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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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