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Project ID 00070986 Description UN-REDD International Support
Fund
UN REDD Programme Fund
Start Date *: 29 Jan 2009
Theme
UN_REDD
Project status Operationally Closed
Country United Nations Participating Organization   Multiple
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The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) estimates that the conversion of forests is now contributing close to 20 per cent of the overall greenhouse gases entering the atmosphere. Forest degradation also makes a significant contribution to emissions from forest ecosystems. Therefore there is an immediate need to make significant progress in reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD).

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) first addressed the problem of reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD) in developing countries at their Conference of the Parties (COP11) in December 2005. Progress has been made since then and the need to meet the challenge is now reflected in the Bali Action Plan and the COP13 Decision 2/CP.13.

The challenge is to establish a functioning international REDD finance mechanism that can be included in an agreed post-2012 global climate change framework. The immediate goal is to assess whether carefully designed payment structures and capacity support can create the incentives to ensure actual, lasting, achievable, reliable and measurable emission reductions while maintaining and improving the other ecosystem services forests provide.

FAO, UNDP and UNEP have taken up this challenge and in response to the COP13 decision, requests from countries, and encouragement from donors, they have developed a collaborative REDD programme (UN-REDD Programme). The UN-REDD Programme consists of two sets of activities:

(i) country actions which will assist developing countries prepare and implement national REDD strategies and mechanisms;

(ii) international support functions which will support the development of normative solutions and standardized approaches based on sound science for a REDD instrument linked with the UNFCCC.

A Framework Document provides details of the programme, activities and management.

The Joint Programme is focused on international support functions (global activities) that attempt to support the country actions and provide the international community with confidence and understanding of the technical and social aspects of a post 2012 REDD mechanism.  The programme design draws from the respective strengths of the partner agencies in line with One-UN objectives and provides technical and scientific support as well as knowledge management. Specifically the international support functions aim to achieve the following outcomes by mid 2010:

Outcome 1: Improved guidance on Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) approaches (led by FAO)

Outcome 2: Increased engagement of stakeholders in the REDD agenda (led by UNEP)

Outcome 3: Improved analytical and technical framework of multiple benefits for REDD decision-makers (led by UNDP and UNEP)

Outcome 4: Increased knowledge management, coordination and communication (co-led by the three agencies)

For more information on the programmatic and technical aspects of the programme, please see the UN-REDD Programme website.

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