UN REDD Programme

In Brief

2008, Geneva; reducing forest emissions; in 56 countries


(2008, Geneva; www.unredd.net).

Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+) is a mechanism developed by Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). “It creates a financial value for the carbon stored in forests by offering incentives for developing countries to reduce emissions from forested lands and invest in low-carbon paths to sustainable development.” Builds on the convening role and technical expertise of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the UN Development Program, and the UN Environment Program. 62 countries in Africa, Latin America, Asia Pacific and the Caribbean are presently involved. The UN-REDD Program supports nationally led REDD+ processes and promotes the informed and meaningful involvement of all stakeholders, including indigenous peoples and other forest-dependent communities, in national and international REDD+ implementation.

National REDD+ readiness efforts in 23 countries in Africa, Asia-Pacific and Latin America involve 1) direct support in design and implementation of national programs; 2) complementary support through common approaches, analyses, methodologies, tools, data and best practices developed through the UN-REDD’s global program; 3) capacity building on a variety of technical topics: National Forest Monitoring Systems, REDD+ safeguards to protect indigenous populations, National REDD+ governance (making decisions involving a wide range of actors democratically), Green Economy (low carbon, resource efficient, and socially inclusive), Stakeholder Engagement (active involvement of indigenous peoples and other forest-dependent communities), Knowledge Management (technological and non-technological tools, processes and methods), and the REDD+ Academy to train champions in these competencies. The Library contains thousands of documents, multimedia, and presentations sortable by date, topic, media, country and language. Budget ~$230M/year from donors (especially Denmark and other EU countries). Governance by Policy Board, Strategy Group and Management Group. Program Secretariat: Frances Lim.

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