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Project ID:00103786Description:ASIA - Technical Assistance (T
UN REDD Programme Fund
Start Date *: 20 Dec 2016
End Date*: 31 Dec 2022
Country: United Nations Project Status: On Going
  Participating Organization:   Multiple

Project Description

The UN-REDD Programme is primarily recognized in the REDD+ arena for the value and quality of the policy and technical advice provided through its specialized teams of experts, and the broader institutional value they are able to mobilize from the three UN partner agencies. Technical Assistance (TA) under module 1 is the substantive body of support to countries provided by the UN-REDD Programme team based on needs and demands from countries. As grants will not be provided to countries in this module, TA considered here will not entail quality assurance type of work done along the different steps of the programming cycle. Instead the UN-REDD team will accompany its partner countries in the implementation of the technical elements of REDD+, be they critical readiness gaps or the design and implementation of REDD+ PAMs. 

Recognizing that the level of resources required to meet the objectives and approaches of the 2016-20 Strategy is not yet available, a modular approach was adopted which enables progressive programming as and when resources become available. This modular approach consists of three modules, of which the first is the deployment of Technical Assistance (TA). In 2017, the Programme will only provide TA to support a select number of countries to advance implementation. A two-pronged approach was taken to define TA in countries currently benefiting from National Programmes, as well as those that are not.

There are four countries, Colombia, Cote d’Ivoire, Peru and Myanmar, that will have NPs being implemented in 2017, whilst also receiving this parallel support to move to implementation. Cote d’Ivoire and Colombia will be in their last year of implementation of the National Programme. The technical assistance they will receive in this case will relate primarily to wrapping up the last substantive elements of the programmes, undertaking a final evaluation, preparing the final report of the programme, undertaking the national validation and consultation processes necessary for the adoption/endorsement of key products, and undertaking the financial closure of the programmes.

In the case of Myanmar and Peru, the National Programmes will just be starting in 2017, and there is a clear distinction from the support deployed for the initiation (e.g. inception meeting, consultations, recruitments, initiation of national strategy consultations etc.). Indeed in Peru, the support to NP is focused on the NP elements, whereas the additional TA relates strictly to the Joint Declaration of Intent, well beyond Warsaw framework elements of REDD+ readiness. In the case of Myanmar, the 2017 TA aims to initiate dialogue on implementation, with a view to influence development choices the country makes at the onset, while the NP and its associated support will focus more on the four elements of the Warsaw framework. Seeing as implementation and readiness are not strictly linear, in both cases it was deemed feasible to support the countries on both readiness and implementation simultaneously. 

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