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Project ID:00074797Description:UN-REDD Programme Bolivia
UN REDD Programme Fund
Start Date *: 3 Dec 2010
End Date*: 31 Dec 2016
Country: Bolivia Project Status: Financially Closed
  Participating Organization:   Multiple

Bolivia is a country with an important extension of forest land, as approximately 50% of its territory is covered by forests. Bolivia is also vulnerable to climate change. Such vulnerability becomes evident in the increase of droughts threatening food security in the highlands, as well as in the rise of floods in the lowlands. For decades, the country has experienced important changes in its forest land – mainly due to changes in land use. Nowadays, it is estimated that 330,0003 ha of forests are lost every year.

There are several causes for deforestation and forest degradation in the country, which vary according to region. The most important are agricultural expansion for the supply of agro- industries and an increase in the number of small farmers who migrate to the lowlands due to droughts and lack of opportunities in the highlands. Unsustainable logging, as well as wood trade has a crucial role in forest degradation and – even more – in deforestation.

The Bolivian Government has been carrying out efforts to improve its policies in different sectors (such as Environment and Forestry); it has also sought to improve development strategies and plans, and regulations within the Forestry Sector. Several barriers hindering the implementation of REDD mechanisms in Bolivia have been identified. The UN-REDD National Joint Programme will support Bolivia in its efforts to overcome such obstacles and will ensure national REDD+ readiness. In order to achieve this goal, the Programme will support capacity building at a national and local level with the purpose of achieving the following outcomes and outputs:

Outcome 1: “Improving capacity among national government institutions for implementing REDD+ activities, and monitoring and assessing carbon stock in forests”.

  Output 1.1: Forest and Land Use Monitoring System

  Output 1.2: Emission Benchmarks

  Output 1.3: Proposal of Adjustments to the Legal and Normative Framework

  related to REDD+ issues

  Output 1.4: System for transferring and distributing REDD+ resources

  Output 1.5: A stronger Climate Change National Programme

  with enough resources

  Output 1.6: Action Plan for Reducing Emissions from DD (REDD+ Plan)


 Outcome 2: “Improving civil society's capacity for implementing REDD+ activities”

  Output 2.1: Training Programme and dissemination of REDD+ activities

  Output 2.2: Programme for Social Participation in REDD+

  Output 2.3: Strengthening Programme for REDD+ Management

  and Applied Research


Outcome 3. “Generating REDD+-related experience at a local level, with the participation of territorial bodies and the civil society”

  Output 3.1: Standard Methodological Framework for implementing

  pilot projects.

  Output 3.2: Pilot REDD+ programmes and projects


These activities will allow integrating and deploying REDD+ components in plans, programmes and budgets of the involved institutions. In parallel, relevant actors will be trained to ensure that Bolivia achieves REDD+ readiness within the established deadlines and in a sustainable manner. The future contribution of the NJP, through its components for implementing policies to fight poverty and promote human rights, is considered of particular importance. The REDD+ Programme will be included in the policies that are relevant to forest degradation and deforestation. Through all its phases, the NJP will emphasize the involvement and participation of all actors – especially forest-dependent indigenous peoples – with the aim of ensuring an adequate assimilation and sustainability of REDD+ topics and the instruments to be developed within the Programme’s framework.

Furthermore, the UN-REDD NJP includes important coordination efforts and cooperation actions for Bolivia. Such efforts for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation are being carried out with the assistance of the World Bank and the German Cooperation.

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

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If you have questions about this programme you may wish to contact the RC office in Bolivia or the lead agency for the programme. The MPTF Office Portfolio Manager (or Country Director with Delegation of Authority) for this programme:

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