Description/achievement of initiative
The United Nations Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries was launched in 2008 and builds on the convening role and technical expertise of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
The UN-REDD Programme supports nationally led REDD+ processes and promotes the informed and meaningful involvement of all stakeholders, including indigenous peoples and other forest-dependent communities, in national and international REDD+ implementation.
Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer
UN-REDD contributes to capacity building both through in-country technical assistance and through global knowledge management. Knowledge and experience is gathered from UN-REDD partner countries, in particular countries that are well advanced in implementation, and shared broadly; countries with similar opportunities and challenges will benefit from targeted South-South exchanges. Country-specific technical assistance for 2018-2020 builds capacity on in-country issues, whereas the global knowledge management component addresses issues that are regional, multi-national or global in scope, and can benefit multiple UN-REDD partner countries;
Specific UN-REDD capacity building strategies at global level include:
The South-South exchanges organized in the past have helped partners to strengthen their skills, capacities and networking, and to use the knowledge acquired to galvanize stakeholders, influence policy reforms and establish more participatory policy dialogues. Because South-South exchanges go beyond being local events, state-of-the-art communication methods, such as live social video, will be used to reach and engage a global audience.
As online hub the UN-REDD Programme Workspace remains a core pillar of the UN-REDD Programme learning and knowledge exchange universe. It differentiates from other platforms in that it reflects the participation of 64 Partner Countries and three UN agencies. This two-way exchange supports Partner Countries and the wider REDD+ community in the sharing of lessons learned, best practices, guidelines and other knowledge products.
In close collaboration with the Green Climate Fund the UN-REDD Programme will organize a webinar for partner countries in early 2018 to provide a platform to understand new financing opportunities.
Other webinars will take place throughout 2018-2020 on key issues demanded by partner countries and other stakeholders.
The REDD+ Academy has been a UN-REDD success story in both its regional, national and online configurations since its inception in 2014. The UN-REDD Programme launched the REDD+ Academy in order to match the scale of the global climate change mitigation challenge and enable systematic, focused capacity development to deliver REDD+ on the ground, available to governments as well as CSOs and Indigenous Peoples. Through a combination of regional and national REDD+ Academy training sessions, the REDD+ Academy is building capacity across the globe. In order to expand learning opportunities, the UN-REDD Programme in collaboration with UNITAR has developed the REDD+ Academy Learning Journals addressing twelve key topics in REDD+, available online for all stakeholders.
Coordination mechanisms/governance structure
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)