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The UN-REDD Programme is pleased to announce the launch of the first online version of its successful REDD+ Academy courses and accompanying Learning Journals, making this valuable knowledge resource available to REDD+ policymakers, practitioners and communities worldwide.

The REDD+ Academy was designed to support developing countries to gain the knowledge and capacities needed to deliver REDD+ at the scale required to match the global climate change mitigation challenge. A year ago, the UN-REDD Programme launched the first REDD+ Academy --  organized as a live, regional learning forum in Asia-Pacific. Since then, the REDD+ Academy has expanded to Africa and the Latin America/Caribbean regions, and has included the participation of nearly 500 representatives of 49 UN-REDD Programme partner countries. On 25 November, the REDD+ Academy was launched as an online e-course, supported by accompanying Learning Journals -- developed with the support of UNITAR's UN CC:Learn Secretariat. 

In a video statement launching the REDD+ Academy e-course, Achim Steiner, United Nations Environment Programme Executive Director called the e-course a, “state-of-the-art overview of REDD+ planning and implementation, which has been developed by some of the world’s leading REDD+ experts.” 

Tim Christophersen of the UN-REDD Programme and Senior Programme Officer, Forests and Climate Change (UNEP) said, "The main goal of the REDD+ Academy is to broaden the knowledge base and the base for implementation of REDD+. In each of our partner countries we want to enable people in key economic and policy sectors to become REDD+ champions." 

 

 

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Achim Steiner, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and United Nations Environment Programme Executive Director, welcomes online learners to the new REDD+ Academy e-course: 

 

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REDD+ Academy Learning Journals

To support continued learning both during the REDD+ Academy live and online training sessions and beyond, the UN-REDD Programme and its agencies (FAO, UNDP and UNEP), with support from the UN CC:Learn Secretariat, have developed the REDD+ Academy Learning Journals. Addressing twelve key REDD+ topics [1], the Learning Journals are packaged as a coherent whole and offer introductory information, detailed accounts and learning exercises designed to build capacity for REDD+ throughout the world.

The Learning Journals lead learners across the landscape of REDD+, from the carbon cycle and drivers of deforestation to approaches to finance and stakeholder engagement. They also explore technical issues, such as the establishment of national forest monitoring systems and processes to address REDD+ safeguards.

Designed to be used either holistically or as individual modules -- depending on the learners’ interest -- the REDD+ Academy Learning Journals offer a level of comprehensiveness and flexibility that matches the diverse needs of REDD+ practitioners.

They will be available online, from 25 November,in English, French and Spanish on the UN-REDD Programme's knowledge platform -- The Online Collaborative Workspace.

 

REDD+ Academy e-course

In order to widen the reach of the REDD+ Academy trainings and grant access to high quality learning on REDD+ to an unlimited number of participants, the UN-REDD Programme is also pleased to launch the REDD+ Academy e-course, developed with support from the UN CC:Learn Secretariat.

Based on the learning materials developed for the face-to-face REDD+ Academy trainings, the REDD+ Academy e-course is a self-paced and open to all free of charge. Access the course here.

In describing the REDD+ Academy learning materials, Achim Steiner, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and United Nations Environment Programme Executive Director stated, “The modules presented will equip you with the requisite knowledge to better understand the various components of REDD+ planning and implementation, and provide you with tools to promote the implementation of national REDD+ activities in your country. I encourage all of you to apply the knowledge you will gain over the course duration and to do your part to make REDD+ a national and a global success!”

About the REDD+ Academy

The REDD+ Academy is a coordinated initiative of the UN-REDD Programme and the UNEP Environmental Education and Training Unit, which provides developing countries with systematic, fo­cused capacity development in order to deliver REDD+ on the ground. The REDD+ Academy is a comprehensive response to capacity building needs identified by developing countries receiving UN-REDD Programme support. The  REDD+ Academy also empowers national “REDD+ champions” with the requisite knowledge and skills to promote the implementation of REDD+ activities in their respective countries.

About UN CC:Learn

UN CC:Learn is a partnership of more than 30 multilateral organizations supporting countries to design and implement systematic, recurrent and results-oriented climate change learning. At the global level, the partnership supports knowledge-sharing, promotes the development of common climate change learning materials, and coordinates learning interventions through a collaboration of UN agencies and other partners. At the national level, UN CC:Learn supports countries in developing and implementing national climate change learning strategies. Through its engagement at the national and global levels, UN CC:Learn contributes to the implementation of Article 6 of the UNFCCC on training, education and public awareness-raising, and the 2012-2020 Doha Work Programme.  Funding for UN CC:Learn is provided by the Swiss Government and UN partners. The Secretariat for UN CC:Learn is hosted by the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR).

 

REDD+ Academy Regional Training Sessions 

During the last REDD+ Academy training event – held in Calabar, Cross River State, Nigeria, from 28 October to 05 November – more than 60 representatives from government, civil society, indigenous peoples and academia from 24 UN-REDD partner countries have completed the regional REDD+ Academy training session for Africa. This eight-day workshop guided participants through twelve REDD+ key themes through a highly interactive learning approach. This was the second REDD+ Academy event of the month, following a similar event for the LAC region, held in Iguazú National Park, Argentina, which involved 45 participants from 12 countries. The trainings were organized by the UN-REDD Programme and its agencies (FAO, UNDP and UNEP), with support from the UN CC:Learn Secretariat based at UNITAR.

 

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Trainees at the REDD+ Academy regional training session for Africa

 

 The REDD+ Academy training session for Africa was based on dynamic and interactive activities that promote knowledge and experience sharing among participants. Over 95% of participants found the Training of Trainers (ToT) component very relevant in providing tools to better meet the capacity building needs for the preparation and implementation of REDD+ in their national contexts.

Participants agreed on the need to continue providing opportunities for exchange and interaction between countries on their different experiences of REDD+ implementation through the UN-REDD Programme, and many of them noted with great interest the potential of running national versions of the REDD+ Academy. Participants expressed satisfaction with the REDD+ Academy curriculum and learning materials, saying they provide “very complete information on the various REDD+ topics”, with over 95% of them stating that the content of the training was relevant to facilitate their role in the REDD+ readiness and implementation processes in their countries.

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Sharing knowledge at the Africa REDD+ Academy training session

 

 


[1] The twelve modules of the REDD+ Academy Learning Journal are: Forests, carbon sequestration and climate change; REDD+ and the UNFCCC; Drivers of Deforestation and Forest Degradation; National Strategies and Action Plans; National Forest Monitoring Systems (NFMS); Forest Reference (Emission) Levels (FREL/FRLs); Policies and Measures; REDD+ Safeguards; REDD+ Finance; Allocation of Incentives; Public Awareness & Stakeholder Engagement; Good Governance.

 

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