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Project ID:00076663Description:UN-REDD Programme Cambodia
UN REDD Programme Fund
Start Date *: 10 Aug 2011
End Date*: 30 Jun 2015
Country: Cambodia Project Status: Financially Closed
  Participating Organization:   Multiple

Cambodia joined the UN REDD Programme as a partner country in October 2009. Following Cambodia’s entrance to UN REDD, the UNDP Cambodia and FAO Cambodia Country Offices committed to support the Royal Government with a REDD Readiness planning process, which led to the development of the Cambodia REDD+ Roadmap (‘the Roadmap’).  Meeting the criteria set out in the message to the Policy Board[1] 23 July 2010, Cambodia started to develop aUN-REDD National Programme specifically designed to support the implementation of the the Roadmap.  The roadmap was developed by the interim REDD+ Taskforce and stakeholder groups during the period January-September 2010. The Roadmap covers the six main components of REDD+ Readiness:

Section 1.  Management of National REDD+ Readiness (Component 1a of an R-PP)

Section 2.  Consultation, stakeholder engagement and awareness-raising plan (Component 1b of an R-PP)

Section 3.  Development and selection of REDD strategies (Component 2b of an R-PP, building on the Annex prepared by FAO on the Assessment of Land-Use, Forest Policy and Governance which is Component 2a of an R-PP)

Section 4.  Implementation framework (including benefit-sharing and safeguards) (Components 2c and 2d of an R-PP)

Section 5.  Development of the Reference Scenario against which performance will be measured (Reference Levels or Reference Emissions Levels, RLs/RELs) (Component 3 of an R-PP)

Section 6.  Development of the Monitoring System for national Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) (Component 4 of an R-PP)


The Roadmap planning process was an important achievement for the Royal Government, as it has set a new standard for inter-ministerial cooperation and effective consultation and engagement with local stakeholders. This achievement was due to strong national leadership by the Forestry Administration of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, and the General Department of Administration for Nature Conservation and Protection of the Ministry of Environment.

As the predominant source of Readiness funding for Cambodia, the UN REDD National Programme has been designed to support all six sections of the Roadmap, although due to limited resources some sections have been prioritized over others. Funding for the National Programme also has been made available from UNDP-Cambodia ($550,000, TRAC resources), the UNDP-GEF Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) project ($400,000, TRAC resources), FAO-TCP ($450,000).

The National Programme also has been designed to complement and coordinate with the funding pledge of ¥900,000,000 from the Government of Japan, which will support both the REDD+ Monitoring System and implementation of the National Forestry Programme and is expected to be disbursed from 2012. The Japanese support will primarily be focused on infrastructure, equipment, capacity-building and technology, with a particular focus on the MRV system. The National Programme will complement the Japanese support by providing the initial technical assistance to design the REDD+ Monitoring System during 2011 and 2012. The Japanese funding should cover the main infrastructure, equipment and technology costs of the Monitoring system designed.

The Objective of the Cambodia UN REDD National Programme is to “support Cambodia to be ready for REDD+ Implementation, including development of necessary institutions, policies and capacity”. This will contribute to the overall goal of ensuring that “By the end of 2012 Cambodia has developed a National REDD+ Strategy and Implementation Framework and is ready to contribute to reductions in emissions from deforestation and forest degradation”.

In order to secure this Objective four Outcomes will be pursued:

Outcome 1: Effective National Management of the REDD+ Readiness process and stakeholder engagement in accordance with the Roadmap principles.

Funded by $800,000 from UN-REDD through UNDP and $150,000 from UN-REDD through FAO.

Output 1.1: National REDD+ Readiness Coordination Mechanism established.

Output 1.2: Support to National REDD+ Readiness process.

Output 1.3: Stakeholders are engaged in the REDD+ Readiness process.

Output 1.4: Stakeholders provided with access to information on REDD+ and the National REDD+ Readiness process.

Outcome 2: Development of the National REDD+ Strategy and Implementation Framework.

Funded by $505,000 from UN-REDD through UNDP, $400,000 parallel cofinancing from UNDP through the Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) GEF project, $50,000 from UN-REDD through UNEP-WCMC and $10,000 from FAO-TCP.

Output 2.1: REDD+ Strategy analysis.

Output 2.2: Development of individual REDD+ strategies and implementation modalities.

Output 2.3: Revenue and benefit-sharing studies.

Output 2.4: Establishing REDD+ Fund mechanisms.

Output 2.5: Policy and legal development for the National REDD+ implementation framework.

Outcome 3: Improved capacity to manage REDD+ at subnational levels.

Funded by $550,000 from UNDP-TRAC, $600,000 from UN-REDD through UNDP and $50,000 from FAO-TCP.

Output 3.1: Development of National REDD+ project guidelines and selection of demonstration sites.

Output 3.2: Pilot project activities.

Output 3.3: Capacity-building on REDD+ in one province.

Outcome 4: Design of a Monitoring System and capacity for implementation.

Funded by $450,000 from FAO-TCP and $650,000 from UN-REDD through FAO and $50,000 from UN-REDD through UNDP.

Output 4.1: Establishment National MRV/REL Technical Team and build appropriate national capacity.

Output 4.2: Collation and harmonization of existing data.

Output 4.3: Develop Cambodia Monitoring system plan.

Output 4.4: Forest cover assessments to provide REDD+ activity data.

Output 4.5: Design of a National Forest Inventory to develop emission and removal factors for REDD+ related activities.

Output 4.6: Establish capacity for REDD+ reporting.

Output 4.7: Modelling future reference scenarios.

Output 4.8: Monitoring of co-benefits.

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


[1] The message announced that $12m was available for new national programmes in 2010.  Partner countries were encouraged to prepare submissions for PB5 based on the factors stated in the UN-REDD Programme Framework Document, and in addition based on the following points:

  1. Countries that are currently not preparing a Readiness Preparation Proposal (R-PP) for the FCPF
  2. Regional balance between Africa, Asia-Pacific and Latin America.


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