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Project ID:00076668Description:UN-REDD Programme Philippines
UN REDD Programme Fund
Start Date *: 5 Aug 2011
End Date*: 30 Apr 2013
Country: Philippines Project Status: Financially Closed
  Participating Organization:   Multiple

The total area of forestlands in the Philippines is 15.8 million hectares, or 53% of the total land area.  Of this, 15.05 million hectares have been classified and the rest remain unclassified.  As of 2003, the total forest cover of the country is 7.2 million hectares or 24% of the total land area. Forests comprise open, closed, mangroves and plantations.

The combined effects of indiscriminate logging, inadequate forest protection, expansion of upland agriculture, fires, pests and diseases, and unplanned land conversion are cited as the main causes of forest depletion.  The degradation of the upland environment has resulted in low productivity, underutilized land and slow diversification in the agricultural sector and reduced forest product flows which have increased poverty and reduced earnings. 

This initial national programme is a one year undertaking which aims to develop the Philippines REDD readiness by putting in place the enabling environment. Specifically, it aims to achieve the over-all objective of is “to increase capacity of forestland, protected areas and ancestral domains managers & support groups to implement REDD+ projects and activities.” It is part of a comprehensive process through which the Philippines will become REDD+ ready; additional funding will be secured from bilateral and multi-lateral funding sources, including through a Full UN-REDD Programme, should additional funds become available to the UN-REDD Programme.  The Initial National Programme has the following outcomes and corresponding outputs:

Outcome 1: REDD+ readiness support by effective, inclusive and participatory management process. Outputs are:

Output 1.1: Strong commitment on REDD+ from key stakeholders at the national and local level gained;

Output 1.2: Awareness of key stakeholders on REDD+ enhanced;

Output 1.3: Multi- stakeholder coordinative mechanism for REDD+ established.

Output 1.4: National REDD+ capacity programme developed;


Outcome 2: Systematic and structural approach to REDD+ readiness identified through concrete studies of options and inclusive consultation. Outputs are:

Output 2.1 Approach on REDD+ social and environmental safeguards developed;


Outcome 3: Capacity to establish reference baselines increased.  Outputs are:

Output 3.1: Harmonized methodology for reference baselines for selected REDD-able sites established;

Output 3.2: A national MRV approach established.

The project will address national priorities of poverty alleviation, environmental protection and management and adapting to climate change impacts while contributing to reduced greenhouse gas emissions globally. The direct beneficiaries are the Philippines’ forest communities, especially indigenous peoples. The project will be implemented by the Forest Management Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and its partners, primarily CoDE REDD civil society organizations, supported by the following UN organizations also comprising the UN REDD partnership: Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

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 Philippines 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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