Africa Announcements

A l’heure où la République Démocratique du Congo (RDC) s’engage pleinement dans la phase de mise en œuvre de la REDD+, grâce notamment aux financements de  l’Initiative pour la Forêt de l’Afrique Centrale/Central African Forest Initiative (CAFI), il est bon de revenir sur l’engagement de ce pays emblématique dans la transition vers une économie verte.

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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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UNDP is seeking a Programme Specialist (REDD+) to support the work of the Secretariat of the Central African Forest Initiative (CAFI) Trust Fund and provide advisory services on REDD+ in Central Africa for the general UNDP REDD+ portfolio. 

Duty Station: Geneva
Application Deadline: 31 July 2016

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What is CAFI, the Central Africa Forest Initiative ? How does it work ? What does it seek to achieve, and how is it different ? This new CAFI Poster (ENG) / Poster CAFI (French) has answers! 

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Une séance de travail entre la société civile et les ​peuples autochtones congolais​, l’ONG Rainforest Foundation Norway (RFN) et le PNUD a eu lieu fin mai pour encadrer des discussions sur le design de la phase d’investissement REDD+.  ​Il s'agissait ​pour la société civile de réfléchir à son ​rôle dans la mise en œuvre du plan d'investissement: les opportunités, les priorités stratégiques, les défis et les « règles du jeu », incluant leur rôle et responsabilités liée à la  représentation de la société civile dans le Comite du Pilotage de Fonds National REDD+. 

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The Central African Forest Initiative (CAFI) and the Minister of Finance of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have signed a letter of intent (LOI) for US$ 200 million to address deforestation and forest degradation in the country and to promote sustainable development.

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A new web-based tool, launched in Liberia's capital Wednesday, shows how protecting great apes in Africa and Asia can help countries fight climate change. The online app superimposes maps of great ape ranges and of forest carbon stocks, allowing policymakers to better identify conservation priority areas.

The tool was launched by the Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP) and the United Nations Collaborative Programme for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (UN-REDD Programme).

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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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Increasing efficiency in Kenya's forestry sector could cut greenhouse gas emissions by 27 per cent over 2010 levels, helping the East African nation meet its climate commitments under the Paris Agreement, and bring economic benefits of $188 million per year, says a new joint United Nations and Kenyan government report released on the International Day of Forests.

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With the support of the UN-REDD Programme, a high level delegation from Ethiopia participated in a South-South Knowledge exchange in the Republic of Korea from 1-8 March 2016  followed by a subsequent visit to China from 9-14 March 2016.  The Ethiopian delegation sought to learn from the Republic of Korea and China's valuable experiences on implementing bold national-scale forest management and bamboo development.

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A working conference will take place on March 16 and 17, 2016 in Accra, Ghana, as part of the initiative ‘Forests for the Future – New Forests for Africa’, which aims at large scale reforestation in Africa. New Forests for Africa is proud to announce that the Honorable Mr. Kofi Annan will be a keynote speaker at the conference.

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Many UN-REDD Programme partner countries are developing approaches to ensure that their REDD+ plans take account of the Cancun safeguards, including through enhancing social and environmental benefits. This is the country resource hub for multiple benefits, please also see the safeguards hub for resources on country approaches to safeguards and safeguard information systems.

UN-REDD Programme supported outputs on planning for additional benefits are available below.  Mapping tutorials and tools are also available (in English, French, Mongolian, Spanish and Vietnamese). 

 

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