Costa Rica

Country Area : 51,100 km2

Forested Area (1000 ha) : 2,756

UN-REDD Programme Partner Country : Yes

Type of UN-REDD Programme Support Received : Targeted support, Support to country needs assessment (CNA)

FCPF Member : Yes

Active FCPF Grant Holder: Yes

Readiness Grant Holder: Yes

Carbon Fund: Yes

Progress against the Warsaw Framework for REDD+

Targeted support has been provided for the development and implementation of a SIS, integrating the social and environmental principles and criteria in the REDD+ strategy. Ongoing support is provided to NFMS; private sector engagement with the main drivers sector; institutional arrangements for the REDD+ strategy and to systematize indigenous and campesino consultations for REDD+.
Costa Rica is also supported by the FCPF in their REDD+ readiness process. The country expects to negotiate an Emission Reductions Payment Agreement (ERPA) during the first quarter of 2016. Costa Rica has also participated in the regional needs assessment on NFMS in Mesoamerica

National REDD+ Strategy/Action Plan
In 2015, a first draft of national REDD+ Strategy and ERPA negotiation was supported through technical inputs and capacity strengthening to the National Forest Financing Fund (FONAFIFO) Secretariat. The identification and cost analysis of PAMs has been initiated as part of the process for the ERPD / National REDD+ Strategy. The private sector involvement in REDD+, through dialogues with key private sectors stakeholders from both productive and financial sectors, has been assisted and Costa Rica’s private investment opportunities for REDD+ related activities launched. A long term financial strategy development for REDD+ implementation has been launched.

National Forest Monitoring System (NFMS)
Support to NFMS is in preparation phase with FONAFIFO. (See section 3.49 for the needs assessment on NFMS in Mesoamerica, including Costa Rica).

Forest Reference Emission Level / Forest Reference Level (FREL/FRL)
In 2015 Costa Rica submitted the first version of the Emission Reduction Program Document (ERPD). The UN-REDD programme supported the country to ensuring consistency between the reference level selected for the ERPD and the FREL/ FRL, which was in preparation to be submitted to the UNFCCC in early January 2016. As part of this work Costa Rica started to harmonize these processes. Technical support will continue in 2016 until the evaluation phase conclude for both processes.

Safeguards and Safeguards Information System (SIS)
In mid-2015, FONAFIFO released the final reports on safeguards, supported under the initial target support: 1. Design of a SIS for REDD+ country safeguards. Regulations, institutional arrangements, information and indicators (in Spanish); and 2. Design of a SIS for the Cancun Safeguards to be applied to REDD+ PAMs in Costa Rica (in Spanish).

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Key Contacts

Regional Technical Advisor, Food and Agriculture Organizaton of the United Nations (FAO)
Regional Technical Advisor, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) (PNUD)
Consultant REDD, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) (PNUMA) (PNUE)

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Total Approved Targeted Support Amount (US$) 1,002,383
#   Timeline   Financial Information   Work Area (SNA Outcome)
Date of Request 13.09.2012
Date of Approval 17.10.2012
Implementation Period (Months) 16
Status Completed
Amount Requested US$ 0
Amount Approved US$ 242,383
UN Agency Providing Support
Stakeholder Engagement
Safeguards and Multiple Benefits


Lead National Institution: Min. of Evironment and Energy, National Forestry Financing Fund


Overall: Field experience generated and systematize lessons learned on the implementation of the UN-REDD Social and Environmental Principles and Criteria, they being harmonized with SESA, SES and the World Bank, and an information system developed that allows to verify its observance and application.

  1. Indicators, variables and information sources framework identified for social and environmental principles and criteria – preferably using existing information.
  2.  A methodological framework developed for developing a sole information system bringing together the interests of UN-REDD, SESA, REDD-SES and the World Bank.
  3.  Above-mentioned methodological framework validated through the application of the information system along the national REDD+ process.
  4. A technical, scientific, social and economic road map designed for the information system
  5.  Process systemized.
  6.  Assessment system for the information system developed.

#   Timeline   Financial Information   Work Area (SNA Outcome)
Date of Request 03.07.2014
Date of Approval 11.08.2014
Implementation Period (Months) 16
Status Under Implementation
Amount Requested US$ 1,005,000
Amount Approved US$ 760,000
UN Agency Providing Support
MRV and Monitoring
Stakeholder Engagement
Safeguards and Multiple Benefits


Lead National Institution: Min. of Environment and Energy, National Forestry Financing Fund.   FAO: Fondo Nacional de Financiamiento Forestal (FONAFIFO).


National Forest Monitoring System:

1a. Plan measurement and reporting of emissions reduction strategies to control illegal logging, forest fire management and modalities of indigenous and peasant PSA.

1b . Coordination and documentation of governance bodies and decision making for the national forest monitoring system.

1c . Institutional arrangements for national forest monitoring system and measurement , reporting and verification (including information on multiple benefits) .

1d. Procedures Manual for national forest monitoring system and measurement, reporting and verification .

1e. Operating Plan for incorporating REDD+ accounting and national forest monitoring system for the national inventory of greenhouse gases.

Knowledge Management:

2a. Case study of indigenous consultation Costa Rica: Documentation of the indigenous consultation in their informative stages, pre - consultation and consultation.

Strengthening Strategy and Involvement of the private sector in REDD +:

3a. Addressing drivers of deforestation (pineapple ) on REDD + strategy Costa Rica strengthened.

3b . Inputs of REDD+ policies by identifying options for private sector involvement in the implementation of the strategic options for REDD+ Strategy Costa Rica.

3c . Capabilities on private sector involvement in REDD+ for actors identified jointly in Costa Rica built through workshops and training events.


Financing and markets


4a. Priority actions and areas to develop REDD+ strategic options identified based on cost-benefit analyses


4b.Financing strategy for Costa Rica’s National REDD+ Strategy strengthened identifying options and financial mechanisms.


4c. Options for incentivizing the demand for REDD+ actions identified as an input for Costa Rica’s REDD+ PAMs.


Operational Framework:

5.Proposal for implementing framework for Costa Rica’s REDD+ strategic options developed

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