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Our goal is to support developing countries to establish the capacities necessary to design and deliver REDD+ national strategies / action plans that are aligned with UNFCCC REDD+ requirements. This is supported through the convening capacity and technical expertise of our collaborating UN agencies: FAO, UNDP and UNEP.

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REDD+ on the radar for airlines as green groups urge ICAO to steer clear of offsets
04/04/2016 Carbon Pulse
Interest groups are sharply divided over whether a global deal to rein in aviation emissions should feature offsets as officials gathered to study the latest proposals for a global market-based measure.

EU commits to helping Aceh in fight against climate change
31/03/2016 Jakarta Post
The European Union announced on Wednesday new funding worth US$ 7.35 million for Indonesia's Climate Change Response project, promising to support Aceh deal with environmental issues and sustainable economic development.

Sh19 billion boon for forest sector
30/03/2016 MediaMax, Kenya
The Improving Efficiency in Forestry Operations and Forest Product Processing in Kenya: A Viable REDD+ Policy and Measure? report notes that by taking measures to conserve forests, Kenya will cut greenhouse gas emissions by 27 per cent.  Read more >

China's forest conservation policy gives new hope for global climate change mitigation
29/03/2016 Christian Daily
A recent study published in Science Advances, evaluated the effectiveness of China's National Forest Conservation Program by studying the characteristics of China's forests between 2000 and 2010.

Two Forest Countries, Two Very Different Conservation Finance Outlooks
28/03/2016 Ecosystem Marketplace
Papua New Guinea and Tanzania are both REDD+ countries, meaning they're participating in the UN program officially enshrined in the Paris climate agreement that aims to channel international finance to conservation activities that reduce carbon emissions associated with deforestation and forest degradation.

Satellite Technology Aims to Combat Illegal Logging in Real Time
25/03/2016 Inside Climate News
New system produces images clear enough to detect new roads and pathways beginning to snake through uncut primary forests, a first sign of illegal logging.  Read more >

Forest carbon fluxes: A satellite perspective
24/03/2016 Nature Climate Change
Reducing deforestation and forest degradation offers a quick win for climate mitigation. Using satellite data we are now able to better constrain pantropical estimates of forest loss, reshaping our understanding of the annual to decadal variability in land sources and sinks in the global carbon cycle.  Read more >

New agreement elevates Panay forest, climate protection bid
18/03/2016 Philippines News Agency
Signed in Metro Manila this week, the agreement covers implementation of the Forest and Climate Protection Project's second phase on improving sustainable forest management and biodiversity conservation there while addressing climate change.

U.N. to invest $2m in fight against deforestation in Colombia
18/03/2016 Latin America Herald Tribune
The U.N. Development Program will invest 7 billion pesos ($2.2 million) this year to support efforts against deforestation in Colombia. The goal, UNDP said in a statement, is to support the design and implementation of the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation, or REDD+, program in Colombia.

How much are trees feeling the heat of climate change?
17/03/2016 Christian Science Monitor
Previous models suggested trees would emit exponentially more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere through respiration as global warming heats up. But a new study shifts those predictions.  Read more >

Two forest countries, two very different conservation finance outlooks
14/03/2016 Mongabay
While Papua New Guinea and Tanzania must meet significantly different challenges, both help identify crucial gaps in REDD+ financing, according to a pair of new reports.

Papua new guinea launches national forest inventory 

09/03/2016 Ecosystem Marketplace
The roadmap describes one national platform that all REDD+ stakeholders can use, which it says will drastically reduce the need for provinces, districts and other REDD+ proponents to develop and maintain their own GHG accounting systems which will reduce monitoring and transaction costs, timeframes and ensure consistency which should ultimately lead to an increased uptake of REDD+ activities in Indonesia.
Forest funding for Fiji
FIJI received a $7.75million forest carbon partnership facility grant last year to assist the Forestry Department make the necessary preparations for possible funding under REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation) programs.

Bosques secundarios ayudan a mitigar el cambio climático
Un nuevo estudio del Instituto Smithsonian de Investigaciones Tropicales (STRI, por sus siglas en inglés) reveló que los bosques secundarios se regeneran más rápido, absorven más dióxido de carbono (CO2) y son más productivos que los de las zonas bocosas primarias.

La foresterie communautaire, un catalyseur de la durabilité et des moyens de subsistance 
Selon un rapport de l'agence des Nations unies chargée de l'agriculture et de l'alimentation (FAO) intitulé «Quarante années de foresterie communautaire.

Cambio climático analizado bajo Araucarias chilenas
04/02/2016 La Tribuna
Suplemento semanal: Revista Agroforestal


Signing of UNFCCC Paris Climate Agreement
22 April 2016, New York

Earth Day 2016 -- Trees for the Earth
22 April, Global

Forest Carbon Partnership Facility PC21
3-5 May 2016, Washington, DC

Climate Action 2016
5-6 May 2016, Washington, DC

International Day for Biodiversity
22 May 2016, Global

United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-2)
23-27 May 2016, Nairobi

UN-REDD Programme Quick Photography Guide

Série de Ressources Techniques 1: Considérations d'ordre pratique sur la conception des systèmes d'information sur les garanties REDD+

Colombia REDD+ Diversa #3

Proyecto REDD+ Honduras newsletter

Senior Technical Advisor, REDD+ Finance (UNDP, Geneva)

Call for Expression of Interest: Consultancy for External Evaluation of the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) 2012-2015

Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) Community Forests Project Officer (London based)
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Program Assistant, Global Climate
Environmental Defense Fund

Summer internship  opportunity: REDD+ acceleration fund

Landscape Manager, Director, Land- based Framework, (VCS)
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National Consultant - Cambodia FREL/FRL (FAO)

Forest Campaign Manager -- Bank Information Center -- Washington, DC

Education scholarships:
10 MSc Tropical Forestry scholarships (Bangor University)
Mario Boccucci reflects on the role of REDD+ post Paris, on International Day of Forests
On the occasion of International Day of Forests on 22 March 2016, Mario Boccucci, Head of the UN-REDD Programme Secretariat shares his perspectives on the role of REDD+ post Paris.  Read.
Forests are for everyone
Seeing the peat for the forests
1st Meeting of new UN-REDD Programme Executive Board to take place in June
The UN-REDD Programme Executive Board is the new main body of oversight, operational guidance and decision-making for the Programme. Its mandate includes the endorsement of the UN-REDD Programme 2016-2020 Results Framework, selection of countries that will be supported through the different funding mechanisms of the new phase of the UN-REDD Programme, and monitoring and reporting on progress in the countries. 
UN-REDD Programme catalyses FAO support to countries in establishing their Forest Reference Emission Levels 
The UN-REDD Programme has directly supported five countries in preparing their forest reference level /forest reference emission level (FRL/FREL) submission to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). With their FREL now submitted, the Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Paraguay, Viet Nam and Zambia now have a benchmark for assessing their country's performance in implementing REDD+.  Learn more.
Asia-Pacific Forestry Week event explores question: "REDD+, is it really so difficult?"
The UN-REDD Programme facilitated a side-event at the third Asia-Pacific Forestry Week in February to address perceived challenges associated with REDD+ and to introduce participants to technical guidance resources. The event offered an opportunity to share some of the experiences and lessons from REDD+ readiness initiatives across the region.
Learn more.
United Nations Environment Assembly set to bring together world's environmental decision-makers
The United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) of UNEP is the highest level of governance of global environmental affairs in the UN system. UNEA-2 will be held 23 to 27 May 2015 under the overarching theme, Delivering on the Environmental Dimension of the Post-2015 Development Agenda.
Climate change will be discussed at UNEA-2 under a proposed resolution on promoting the effective implementation of the Paris Climate Agreement. Learn more. 
Costa Rica's REDD+ preparation: UN-REDD Programme support realizes impacts 
The UN-REDD Programme has been providing technical assistance to Costa Rica through various Targeted Support initiatives since 2014. Through the coordination of these efforts among agencies and the joint work with the local counterpart, FONAFIFO, the impact of this support has made contributions to Costa Rica's REDD+ preparation process.
REDD+ Academy advances with national versions in Latin America 
Several countries have started to adapt REDD+ Academy learning, materials, resources and methodologies to their local contexts and capacity building needs, and to develop national versions of the REDD+ Academy -- as a result of their participation in the UN-REDD Programme's Latin America and Caribbean Regional REDD+ Academy in October 2015. 
GAMBUT Project addresses Indonesia's peatland fires  
The UNEP project for Generating Anticipatory Measures for Better Utilization of Tropical Peatlands (GAMBUT) aims to reduce the number of burning fires, or hotspots, and consequently, reduce haze impacts and greenhouse gas emissions from key fire-prone areas.  Learn more.
UN-REDD Programme Supports Colombia's Efforts to Fight Deforestation / Programa ONU-REDD acompaña a Colombia en lucha contra la deforestación
In order to define the actions to reduce deforestation and forest degradation that are key to the development of Colombia's REDD+ Strategy, the Steering Committee of Colombia's UN-REDD Programme held its annual meeting in Bogotá on March 9th, 2016.  Learn more.

El día 9 de marzo de 2016 se reunieron en Bogotá los miembros del Comité Directivo del Programa ONU-REDD Colombia, para definir el rumbo de las acciones para reducir la deforestación y degradación de los bosques a llevar a cabo durante el año, las cuales son críticas para el desarrollo de la estrategia REDD+ de Colombia.  Aprende más.
Plant a Tree to Mark April 22 Signing of the Paris Agreement: Join Earth Day Network's 'Trees for the Earth'
In New York, on April 22, governments will sign the new Paris Climate Change Agreement en route to it coming into force as millions of people around the globe mark annual Earth Day, or International Mother Earth Day. Earth Day's theme this year is focused on trees with the aim of mobilizing nearly eight billion plantings, or one for every man, woman and child alive by 2020 -- together we can maybe do it sooner!
2,000 people have now registered for the newly launched free REDD+ Academy e-course: Registrations are still open! 
The REDD+ Academy e-course provides a better understanding of REDD+ components, planning and implementation, as well as tools to promote the implementation of REDD+ activities on a national level. It is self-paced, free of charge and available on UN CC:e-Learn platform. Register today.

Ethiopia gains forest sector knowledge from China and Republic of Korea
With UN-REDD Programme support, a high-level Ethiopian delegation participated in a South-South knowledge exchange in the Republic of Korea 1-8 March 2016 followed by a visit to China 9-14 March 2016. They sought to learn from the Republic of Korea and China's valuable experiences on implementing bold national-scale forest management and bamboo development.
Learn more.
Work underway to establish Bhutan's Satellite Land Monitoring System
As part of ongoing activities to support Bhutan's establishment of its National Forest Monitoring System, FAO's technical Satellite Land Monitoring team held a one-week workshop on the technical implementation of a web portal for data transparency in the UNFCCC context.   Learn more.
Lessons on how to ensure full and effective participation of Asia-Pacific civil society and indigenous peoples in REDD+
The UN-REDD Programme has emphasized the need to engage  civil-society organizations and indigenous peoples in REDD+. A review of key lessons emerging through this experience in the Asia-Pacific region has been compiled.  Learn more .
Is REDD+ feasible in the presence of vibrant agricultural and livestock sectors? Some findings from Paraguay
The UN-REDD National Joint Programme in Paraguay has completed an analysis on the capacity of REDD+ as a policy alternative to deforestation by the agricultural and livestock sectors. Key findings have been compiled.
Learn more.
Filling the missing gap: building innovative and strategic partnerships in Zambia's transition from REDD+ readiness to implementation
Zambia has become one of the first African countries to submit its forest reference emission level to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC); develop a measurement, reporting and verification system; and establish a country approach to addressing and respecting safeguards. On the heels of these significant achievements, the question now being addressed by Zambia is, "how does the country transition from readiness to implementation in a systematic and strategic manner, and how can it fill in the missing gap of investments into REDD+?".  Learn more.
Kenya explores REDD+ policy opportunities to invest in efficiency improvement of its forestry sector
The Government of Kenya has released a report that identifies whether efficiency improvements in Kenya's forestry sector can lead to REDD+ results and hence be interesting as targeted policies or measures? The results are striking and show that such measures have high potential from a REDD+ perspective, but crucially also stimulate economic development.
Learn more.
Inician actividades de conocimiento y cooperación en monitoreo forestal en Mesoamérica
Con el fin de avanzar en el Plan de Trabajo a largo Plazo de la Región Mesoamericana en Monitoreo Forestal, que apoya el programa ONU-REDD, los 10 países participantes desarrollaron conjuntamente un calendario de actividades el cual incluye intercambios de formación de capacidades y conocimiento los cuales se implementarán a lo largo de 2016. 
Learn more.
Ethiopia becomes first African country to submit forest reference level to UNFCCC 
With its FRL established, Ethiopia is now ready to measure its performance in reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+), and has met a key requirement for receipt of results-based payments for verified emissions reductions.  
Learn more.
Tunisia's REDD+ Strategy Taking Shape
Tunisia's forests, while relatively small in terms of land cover (6.5%), are a vital source of livelihoods for close to one million inhabitants and provide important hydrological functions and biodiversity benefits in the Mediterranean ecoregion. REDD+ is a rallying point to bring together policymakers, technical government staff, civil society, researchers, and others to develop a strategy to manage these remaining forests sustainably. Learn more.

Quick help video for using the UN-REDD Programme Online Collaborative Workspace
This short video will show you how to use some of the most popular tools and resources on the Workspace -- making it even easier for you to gain and share REDD+ knowledge on the free and open platform.

Cambio Climático y el Programa ONU-REDD Colombia  
Este video animado busca ilustrar e informar a múltiples audiencias sobre el papel del Programa ONU-REDD en Colombia en la mitigación de los efectos del cambio climático. Este video, producido por el equipo ONU-REDD Colombia y las contrapartes locales Ministerio de Ambiente e IDEAM, se viene usando en los procesos de formación de capacidades y participación con actores clave, entre ellos grupos sociales y étnicos y público en general. 

Listening to the Forest in Panama.  UN-REDD Programme Active Listening Process - Women's Channel 
During 2014 and 2015 Panama carried out an "active listening" process with key stakeholders on the situation of the forest and the challenges to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation looking at the participatory construction of Panama's National REDD+ Strategy. The dialogue included several key stakeholder groups; including a specific channel for women. This video shows the voices and opinions of women from indigenous, afro-descendant and campesino communities of Panama.

Webcast: Joint FCPF/UN-REDD Programme 2015 Global REDD+ Knowledge Exchange
More than 100 participants from 30+ countries took part in this country-led REDD+ knowledge exchange held in San Jose, Costa Rica in November 2015. All individual session videos are now available


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