September 2019
The devastating fires that are ravaging forests around the world are a stark warning that we are facing an emergency on a global scale. They also serve as a reminder for the urgency and importance of the UN-REDD Programme's work and experience.
The centrality of forests as a key nature-based solution to fight the climate crisis will be highlighted at the UN Secretary-General's Climate Action Summit, September 23 in New York City. Strongly increased forest action and ambition will also be a critical stopgap measure while the world transitions towards decarbonization.
In their Perspectives article "Forests: The Unsung Heroes" Mario Boccucci, Head of the UN-REDD Programme Secretariat and Zhang Guobin, Deputy Division Director, Office for Climate Change, Department of Ecological Conservation and Restoration, National Forestry and Grassland Administration of China argue how elevating the role of forests, enhancing South-South cooperation and increasing financial and technical support from developed countries will provide a vital lifeline to our planet. China, a nature-based solutions co-lead for the Climate Action Summit, has been at the forefront in terms of illustrating how forests can help tackle carbon emissions, including through extensive national tree-planting campaigns.
In the video section, don't miss the new UN-REDD Uganda video and the coverage of our events at the Global Landscapes Forum in Bonn.
Wishing you all a great month and a successful Climate Action Summit.
Scaling up community participation in forest management through REDD+ in Zambia
Plans to offer high resolution satellite images of world's tropical forests for free, says Minister of Climate- and Environment Ola Elvestuen.
Equatorial Guinea highlights the transformational role of women in climate action
It's high time to reboot our relationship with nature
1 for 20 partnership- mobilizing USD 1 billion to restore the Ivorian forest cover to 20%
Equatorial Guinea highlights the transformational role of women in climate action
Cote d'Ivoire and Costa RIca partner on forest conservation and the sustainable use of forests
Is tree restoration the most effective climate drawdawn strategy?
Looking back; looking forward: REDD+
Making Conservation Profitable for Small-Scale Farmers-Comaco project Zambia
From Katowice to Santiago: At SBSTA 50, COP Presidencies and FAO promote science as a key component in global efforts to protect and restore forests
International Day for the Conservation of the Mangrove Ecosystem: Why and How We Need to Save Mangroves
Thawing Arctic peatlands risk unlocking huge amounts of carbon
Moving towards the transparency framework under the Paris Agreement 
Working as one: how Indonesia came together for its peatlands and forests
Forests without borders
Request for Proposal (RFP) for the Mid-Term evaluation of the Central African Forest Initiative (CAFI) Fund.
The Institute for Sustainable Development (IDDRI)
Research Fellow, Biodiversity COP15, Paris, deadline 11 September 
Project Officer International Energy transitions, Agora Energiewende, Berlin, 
 deadline 10 September 


Forests: The Unsung Heroes

We know how to reduce emissions from forests. Both China and the UN-REDD Programme have shown it can be done and with great sustainable development benefits, protecting the interests of the most poor and vulnerable communities.

  What would it really take to plant a trillion trees?

The growing enthusiasm for forests and trees is a good thing. Ecosystem restoration will be critical in turning the tide against climate change, and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. But we need to be mindful of some pitfalls lurking along the way.  


Mapping Uganda`s Forests

To help protect and promote forests like the Mabira, the Government of Uganda launched its National REDD+ Strategy in November 2017 and is working with the local communities to protect its forests.

Understanding Forests Beyond Forest Cover: Bhutan`s REDD+ Journey

Located between China and India, Bhutan is the only country whose forests fully manage to keep the country carbon neutral. With a total population of only about 800,000 people, they place environmental conservation and sustainable energy efforts at the heart of their national identity. 

Promoting All Voices Be Heard: A New Checklist for Gender-Responsive Workshops

The UN-REDD Programme is pleased to share a new tool: Checklist for Gender-Responsive Workshops.

Protecting Indonesia's Peatlands through Proactive Fire Mitigation in Indonesia

While fires are raging across the globe, Indonesia learned hard lessons from the catastrophic fire in 2015. Its Government is now making a concerted effort to shift the paradigm from reactive fire suppression to proactive fire mitigation, with a focus on peat fires. Peat fires have far-reaching consequences, such as social and environmental impacts, haze problems, land loss, reduced water quality, loss of peat carbon stocks and biodiversity reduction.

UN-REDD and FAO-EU FLEGT Programmes in Colombia: working siede by side to protect the country`s forests

As Colombia steps up its efforts to fulfill commitments made under the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and Agenda 2030, the cross-cutting theme of improved forest governance is at the centre of its efforts to halt deforestation and forest degradation as well as action to achieve Nationally Determined Contributions and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Insight from Peru: How savings and credit cooperatives (COOPACs) enable sustainable commodity production 

With 2.600 million people worldwide dependent on agriculture, climate smart agricultural lending is key to financing more sustainable agriculture value chains and production with a lower impact on deforestation and degradation. In Peru, with a forest area of just 57% remaining, the transition towards sustainable finance is a priority.

Indigenous peoples and local communities, a recognized puzzle piece for climate crisis solution

Since its inception, the UN-REDD Programme h as advocated for inclusive, gender-equitable policy formulation and decision making for national and sub-national REDD+ processes. A  side event at the Global Landscape Forum  in Bonn gathered eleven panel members representing right-holders and development practitioners who shared experience and lessons learnt.

La Participación de los Grupos Étnicos en REDD+: Algunas consideraciones, retos y oportunidades para el caso de Colombia

El proceso de preparación de REDD+ en Colombia que inició el año 2011, y se afianzó y completó con la implementación de los Programas ONU-REDD y FCPF a partir del 2015, a través de un proceso de  involucramiento de actores con organizaciones de orden nacional y regional de los pueblos indígenas y de plataformas organizativas del pueblo afrocolombiano y campesinas, así como organizaciones no gubernamentales de la sociedad civil. Este proceso dio importantes resultados para consolidar la preparación de REDD+ en el país y en general contribuyendo a  los diálogos de la la sociedad civil con el gobierno nacional, liderados por el Ministerio de Ambiente y Desarrollo Sostenible, en materia de reducción de la deforestación, conservación y gestión de los bosques.

The participation of indigenous peoples, Afro-Colombians and local communities in REDD+ in Colombia: Milestones, Challenges and Opportunities

The REDD + preparation process in Colombia began in 2011 and was consolidated with the implementation of the UN-REDD and FCPF programs from 2015 to 2019. It included an in-depth stakeholder engagement process including national and regional indigenous peoples' organizations,  Afro-Colombians and local communities, along with civil society organizations. This process yielded important results and initiated a dialogue on deforestation, forest conservation and sustainable forest management between indigenous peoples, civil society and the national government, led by the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development.

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