June/July 2017

This edition of The REDD+ Resource includes a look into perspectives on mapping the REDD+ finance landscape, decoupling agricultural production from deforestation, and taking radical action against climate change, along with stories, news and more from UN-REDD Programme partner countries.

Viet Nam: National forest protection plan unveiled
05/2017 | Viet Nam News

Vietnam strives to raise forest coverage to 45%
05/2017 | Nhan Dan

New soy-driven forest destruction exposed in South America
22/05/2017 | Mongabay

La planète est plus « verte » qu'on ne le pensait
11/05/2017 | Le Monde

To save the world's forests, protect women's land rights
25/05/2017 | Devex

Maintaining rice production while mitigating methane and nitrous oxide emissions from paddy fields in China: Evaluating tradeoffs by using coupled agricultural systems models
06/2017 | Agricultural Systems

The key role of forests in meeting climate targets requires science for credible mitigation
02/2017 | Nature Climate Change

Time has come to take more radical steps on climate change. So what can be done? Tim Christophersen explores.
Côte d'Ivoire is taking groundbreaking strides to level the playing field for REDD+. The challenge now: turning data into policy. 
Ivo Mulder lays out the necessary elements for companies across the agricultural value chain to decouple production from forest impacts.
Steve Swan and Judith Walcott look at important questions related to REDD+ safeguards, including  how to assess summaries of safeguards information submitted by countries to the Climate Change Convention;  how to include GCF environmental and social safeguards in the overall assessment of these summaries; and  how to reconcile the Convention's  Cancun  safeguards and those of the GCF.
En el marco del fortalecimiento de capacidades para la construcción de la Estrategia Nacional REDD+ que apoya el Programa ONU REDD, la Escuela REDD se convirtió en una de las mejores herramientas para llegar a comunidades afrodescendientes e indígenas, instituciones nacionales y regionales.
UN Environment's Johan Kieft and UNICEF's Richard Wecker look at the impacts of haze from burning forests and peatlands on the lives and livelihoods of populations in Sumatra, Borneo (Kalimantan) and Papua
The UN-REDD Programme Executive Board has general oversight for the Programme, taking decisions on the allocation of the UN-REDD Programme fund resources. The first meeting of the Executive Board will take place at the FAO Headquarters in Rome this week.
At this annual meeting for indigenous leaders representatives from around the world discussed progress in using community grants to promote grassroots inclusion in REDD+, and much more.
Ecuador is the second country worldwide that has finalized its REDD+ readiness process as defined by the Warsaw Framework. It is now eligible to receive REDD+ Result Based Payments for the reduction of emissions from deforestation measured during the period 2009-14 and reported to the UNFCCC. 
A UN-REDD Programme-supported workshop on "Land Cover Map Accuracy and Training Workshop on FAO SEPAL Remote Sensing Tool" provided practical technical support to Indonesia on forest change detection including deforestation and fire mapping.
With support from the UN-REDD Programme and Norway, Viet Nam has made strong progress in the past year on the national forest policy agenda. Two key landmark decisions reflect this development.
The National REDD+ Strategy of Sri Lanka, the 'National REDD+ Investment Framework and Action Plan (NRIFAP)', has now been endorsed for implementation by the Government of Sri Lanka. 
Forestry officials from across Asia and the Pacific region have been exchanging ideas and experiences in both reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the forest sector, and in submitting the detailed reports that are a critical part of REDD+. 
A pool of academics and government technical officers in Bangladesh is now equipped with skills to provide training on Greenhouse Gas Inventories (GHGi) thanks to a recent training-of-trainers event.
Guyana's Ameridian Land Titling Project, funded by the Guyana REDD+ Investment Fund, recently adopted guidelines for Amerindian Land Titling in Guyana. The guidelines, developed by stakeholders including the government, indigenous peoples as well as other natural resource users, aims to address stakeholder grievances and improve Guyana's land titling processes.
The CAFI Executive Board and the Government of Gabon are negotiating mutual commitments to implement the Gabonese National Investment Plan that will help deliver the country's forest-based commitments under the Paris Climate Agreement.
Following Equatorial Guinea's launch of its REDD+ investment plan development process earlier this year, the country has built national capacity on Measurement, Reporting and Verification of carbon emissions from deforestation and forest degradation.  A study of the drivers of deforestation and degradation in Equatorial Guinea has also been initiated. 
This resource is made possible through the generous support of the European Commission and the governments of Norway, Denmark, Luxembourg, Japan, Spain and Switzerland.

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