National Programmes Announcements

The situation of forests in Viet Nam is rather unique. The country significantly increased its overall forest cover from 27% in 1993 to 41% in 2016. The less bright side of things is that, in parallel, natural forests remained threatened, degraded and depleted – and with them, the living conditions for millions of Viet Namese people, as well as the wellbeing of plants, animals and humans alike. The country’s Government decided to take strong action to correct this, and has recently approved two significant Decisions aimed at increasing the size and quality of forests and combatting climate change. Viet Nam aims to expand forest cover to 42% of the country surface, to reach 14.4 million hectares by 2020. But there’s more than replanting trees involved.

 

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Myanmar is launching work on the development of its national approach to the REDD+ safeguards, with a workshop being held in Nay Pyi Taw this week. 

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This Methodological Brief provides guidance, concrete entry points and good practice examples to help UN-REDD Programme partner countries achieve gender-responsive REDD+ action across the REDD+ policy cycle, including in design, implementation and monitoring.

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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.

As part of Myanmar's REDD+ Readiness Road process, action plans on National Forest Monitoring Systems (NFMS) and Forest Reference Emission Levels / Forest Reference Levels (FREL/FRLs) have been developed over that last year with support from the UN-REDD Programme through the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

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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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With support from the UN-REDD Viet Nam Phase II Programme, the Viet Nam Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development organized a High-level Dialogue on REDD+ in Ha Noi, Viet Nam, on 18 November 2016. High-level officials discussed the country’s perspective and commitment. The event mixed representatives from several Government agencies, leading REDD+ countries and international partners to allow a broad-based dialogue.

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The Ministry of Environment and Tourism together with the UN-REDD Mongolia National Programme conducted a consultation meeting on 1 November in Ulaanbantaar to establish a CSO forum to support the development of a National Forest and Climate Change Strategy through the REDD+ National Programme. Members were drawn and self-selected from social and environmental non-government organizations and local community members (representing Forest User Groups). The members elected to call the forum the “Forests and Sustainable Development Forum”.

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With financial and technical support from Mongolia's UN-REDD Programme, a workshop was conducted to review the use of Collect Earth as a tool for measurement of forest cover change on 17 November. The workshop was intended to contribute to the country’s efforts to improve monitoring of greenhouse gas emissions and land cover changes, and to support the National REDD+ Programme, in particular in the development of the National REDD+ Strategy, Mongolia’s initial Forest Reference Level (FRL), and the National Forest Monitoring System.

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To coincide with the onset of winter snow in Mongolia, which places severe pressure on communities living in the rural areas, as part of the UN-REDD Mongolia Programme Communications, Knowledge Management and Media Strategy, the Mongolia's REDD+ Programme has undertaken a number of media and communication events aimed at highlighting the importance of forests in addressing climate change.

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As  a forester I have recognized the value of forests for a long time. But I could only observe and practice participatory forest management techniques on the ground when I got a chance to engage as a trainer as well as a facilitator in participatory forest management programs in the service of the Central Forestry Development Training Centre, and later working for NGOs.

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The First International Research Symposium on Valuation of Forest Ecosystems and their Services was held at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on 18 October 2016. This research symposium was organized by the Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment with the support of the Sri Lanka UN-REDD Programme.

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The Viet Nam University of Forestry officially launched a pilot REDD+ elective course in its Master’s Programme on Forestry and Forest Management during an event organized on 21 October 2016. The launch of the pilot is a result of cooperation between the University and the UN-REDD Viet Nam Phase II Programme.

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Con el fin de socializar y obtener aportes desde los territorios a la Estrategia Nacional de Reducción de Emisiones por Deforestación y Degradación Forestal ENREDD+ que actualmente prepara el Ministerio de Ambiente y Desarrollo Sostenible (MADSa) de Colombia, el 28 de octubre se reunieron en Bogotá más de 15 representantes de las autoridades regionales encargadas de la gobernanza forestal y el cuidado de los parques naturales de los principales centros de deforestación de las regiones de Amazonía, Pacífico y Andina.

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El Programa de las Naciones Unidas para el Desarrollo, Oficina de Panama, ha abierto la convocatoria para la elaboración del documento de Estrategia Nacional REDD+ de Panamá. Este documento está basado en el borrador existente e insumos técnicos generados dentro de los cuatro componentes de REDD+, integrando aportes de trabajos paralelos, mecanismos financieros y orientaciones frente a la distribución de beneficios, marco legal e institucional y salvaguardas sociales y ambientales.

Las empresas o consorcios interesados en presentar propuestas pueden consultar la convocatoria abierta hasta el 13 de Octubre: http://procurement-notices.undp.org/view_notice.cfm?notice_id=32813

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