The 20-member Policy Board of the UN-REDD Programme approved US$ 35,481,763 in REDD+ readiness funds at their 12th policy board meeting, held in Lima, 8-9 July, which was attended by more than 100 participants from 25 countries.
The meeting was marked by a collaborative and forward-looking atmosphere that included much knowledge sharing both on current and planned REDD+ initiatives. A full day was dedicated to “information sharing” on 7 July in advance of the official policy board meeting. H.E. Pak Heru Prasetyo, Head of the Indonesia National REDD+ Agency and H. E. Manuel Pulgar-Vidal Peru Environment Minister both attended the information day and highlighted the importance of REDD+ to climate change mitigation and the importance of the support delivered through the UN-REDD Programme to advance national REDD+ efforts. The ministers also emphasized the role of forests at the upcoming climate summit and UNFCCC COP20 in Lima.
Another highlight of the meeting was the launch of three new national programmes — Argentina, Cote d’Ivoire and Mongolia. Mongolia’s is the first boreal forest National Programme to be funded by the UN-REDD Programme.
The meeting was also an opportunity for UN-REDD Programme partner countries to discuss the future of the Programme post-2015. The policy board members approved a roadmap to develop the Programme’s 2016-2020 strategy by May 2015, which will include a strong participatory process.
Several REDD+ knowledge tools were also launched at the meeting including the REDD+ Academy, with the first regional sessions announced to take place in Indonesia, Nigeria and Argentina; and the REDD+ Radar, a new tool for tracking progress of National Programmes that can be used by country partners, donors and others.
The next UN-REDD Policy Board will take place in November 2014 in Tanzania.
For more information about the UN-REDD Programme’s Policy Board, or to access documents from the meeting, visit here.