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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.

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Conservator General of Forests Anura Sathurusinghe, who is also the National Programme Director of the Sri Lanka UN-REDD Programme, stated that, “during the Readiness Phase of REDD+ in Sri Lanka, the Government has looked beyond forests to formulate an action plan with a clear vision of sustaining life and livelihoods in a greener Sri Lanka.”

Through the Sri Lanka NEXT ‘Blue-Green Era’ initiative[1], the Government of Sri Lanka has committed to achieving a sustainable development pathway that delivers broad-based economic growth while also contributing to the global fight against climate change. The UN-REDD Programme has been supporting the Government of Sri Lanka to develop the NRIFAP over the last four years, and strategically aligned REDD+ in Sri Lanka to the government’s environmental agenda.

 A multi-stakeholder consultative process resulted in the formulation of the NRIFAP that is now considered by the Government of Sri Lanka as a part of its national response to the threat of climate change (the NRIFAP will directly contribute to the mitigation strategy of the forestry sector as per Sri Lanka’s Nationally Determined Contributions, submitted to the UNFCCC).

The first copy of the strategy document was handed over to His Excellency Maithripala Sirisena, The President ofThe Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lankaby the UN Resident Coordinator Ms Una McCauley at a ceremony held in Colombo on 9 May 2017 with an attendance of over 600 stakeholders. Designed as a 5 year, US $ 99 million strategy, financed through both national and international sources, the NRIFAP provides 13 policies and measures for implementation by the Government of Sri Lanka and its partners (Civil Society Organisations and the Private Sector). 

Indicating the nation’s “absolute commitment to follow a low-emissions pathway,” His Excellency President Maithripala Sirisena stated that: “Since forests play the unique role of converting harmful emissions into harmless carbon, reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+) is recognised as a global solution to greenhouse gas emissions. As the Minister in charge of environment in Sri Lanka, I also consider this a national priority.”

The agenda of the event included an address by Indigenous People’s Chief Uruwarige Vannilaaththo who thanked the Government for providing an opportunity for his scattered clan to meet around a common table through the convening role of the Sri Lanka UN-REDD National Programme. FAO Forestry Officer Raushan Kumar presented the main features of the National Forest Monitoring System geo-portal to the audience.

Endorsing the implementation of REDD+, the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka Hon. Ranil Wickremasinghe stated that: “As the Government of Sri Lanka plans to implement REDD+, we would also like to invite the international community to partner us towards an enterprise that aims at restoring the country’s ecological balance.”

During the four-year period of development of the strategy, a civil society platform, indigenous people’s forum, academic and research forum, and a private sector network has been established to support the government to implement REDD+ in Sri Lanka. The leaders of these platforms were a part of a panel that met with journalists during a press conference just prior to the main event.

Photo: His Excellency President Maithripala Sirisena receives the first copy of the National REDD+ Investment Framework and Action Plan from UN Resident Coordinator Una McCauley. Credit: Lasantha Perera / UN-REDD Sri Lanka


 

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[1] See www.srilankanext.lk

 

 

 

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