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REDD+ stakeholders from across the Asia-Pacific region came together in July 2015 for a two and a half day event to share experiences and gain knowledge related to developing REDD+ national strategies/action plans (NS/AP). Held in Bangkok, Thailand, the event was organized by the UN-REDD Programme and included 41 participants.

Responding to the lack of UNFCCC guidance on the NS/AP design process and requests from some UN-REDD Programme partner countries in the region, the objectives of the event were to enhance the understanding of key issues and good practices, as well as country needs, in the development of an NS/AP.

In particular, the event aimed to enhance understanding of participating countries on (i) key aspects to take into consideration in planning a robust NS/AP design process (roadmap), (ii) the major analytical elements that may contribute to the strategic decision-making, (iii) the various strategic considerations shaping the country vision for REDD+, (iv) some elements that countries may find useful to include in an NS/AP, as well as (v) the considerations in designing the implementation framework. This was also an opportunity for countries to express their needs so as the UN-REDD Programme can better support its partner countries.

Countries at similar and early stages of their REDD+ NS/AP development process were identified as being the most likely to benefit from the event, while participants were kept to a quantity that would allow for effective interactions. As such, target countries were identified as Bangladesh, Bhutan, Fiji, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Representatives of countries who have advanced their NS/AP development (Indonesia, Malaysia, Ecuador and Brazil) were also invited from the region and Latin America, to facilitate South-South knowledge sharing.  Technical experts also took part to provide additional information and knowledge support.   

Participating countries were encouraged, where relevant, to send their national REDD+ focal point, another government official involved in the NS/AP development, as well as a civil society representative.  Observers included UN-REDD Programme staff, UNDP CO staff, and interns – with a 41 total participants (20 women and 21 men).

The first two days of the event involved presentations, group discussions and expert panel discussions on key issues including:  planning the NS/AP design process, analytical work supporting the design process, the country vision for REDD+, the identification and selection of policies and measures, and an NS/AP implementation framework.

On the third (half) day, countries were given the opportunity through “country clinics” to raise issues specific to their national context and explore these with UN-REDD Programme technical experts and key resource participants.  This process also served to identify country needs and related support needs that could be provided by the UN-REDD Programme to partner countries.

To cement lessons learned of the event, a hypothetical case study illustrating both good and bad practices in the NS/AP design process was also discussed collectively, identifying strong and weak points.

Outputs of the event include a summary report, an information note on relevant experiences and lessons learned on NS/AP development and a video that will be made available via the UN-REDD Programme Online Collaborative Workspace and the Programme’s YouTube channel once complete.

All event presentations and output documents are available here.


 

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