UN REDD+ Programme

United Nations
Geographical focus: 
Thematic focus: 
Tourism in general
Sustainability of natural resources in Tourism
Intro text: 
The Fund was established in 2008 to build on the convening power and technical expertise of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). These agencies are combining forces to support developing countries in their efforts to mitigate climate change through the implementation of REDD+ activities agreed under the UNFCC. The programme has expanded steadily and over 60 countries are now involved.

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Who can apply?

Partner countries of REDD+ Programme.

Objectives and activities

The overall development goal of the Programme is:

-        To reduce forest emissions and enhance carbon stocks in forests while contributing to national sustainable development. The underlying critical path assumptions that form the basis for the theory of change are as follows;

-        If political commitments are made to REDD+ within the UNFCC and are consistent with national sustainable development strategies;

-        Political will and finance are available to support the implementation of REDD+ policies and measures, including investment and incentive payments to tackle the drivers of deforestation and forest degradation;

-        There is willingness to engage in comprehensive multi-stakeholder consultative processes at national level, seeking sustainable natural resource management solutions; and

-        Then Greenhouse Gases (GHG) emissions from forests will be reduced and carbon stocks will be enhanced while at the same time sustainable, equitable, low carbon development path will be identified and put into practice.

Main activities: financial, technical assistance, knowledge management and capacity building:

-        Measurement, reporting and verification (MRV) and forest monitoring;

-        Inclusive, transparent and accountable national governance systems for REDD+, forests and finance;

-        Stakeholder participation in national and international REDD+ decision making;

-        Social and environmental safeguards and multiple benefits for REDD+;

-        Transformation towards the green economy; and

-        Development, management and sharing of REDD+ knowledge.

Type and level of funding

The UN-REDD Programme assists partner countries, supporting them to develop and implement national REDD+ strategies towards realizing results-bases payments for results-based actions. The Programme does this through several mechanisms:

-        National Programmes: The UN –REDD Programme’ National Programme provides support to partner countries in the development and implementation of national REDD+ strategies;

-        Support to National REDD+ Action: Global Programme Framework 2011-2015 (SNA): The UN- REDD Programme’s Support to National REDD+ Action: Global Programme Framework 2011-2015 (SNA) provides complementary support to partner countries through common approaches, analyses, methodologies, tools, data and best practices. This assistance comes in two forms: targeted support: this is specific technical advice and other capacity strengthening support hat a country may request on a critical REDD+ readiness aspect it has identified, which is not covered through other multilateral or bilateral initiatives or by its National Programme, and where the UN-REDD Programme has comparative advantage to provide such support; and

-        Capacity building technical support: capacity building on technical issues is delivered by UN-REDD Programme in these key areas:

·         National Forest monitoring systems and for REDD+ and forest reference emission levels and/or forest reference levels;

·         REDD+ safeguards and multiple benefits;

·         National REDD+ governance;

·         Green economy; and

·         Stakeholder engagement.