In order to move towards REDD+ implementation, the UN-REDD Programme is supporting the Government of Zambia’s coordinated approach to design Zambia’s REDD+ Investment Plan in joint partnership with the Forest Investment Programme (FIP). This is perhaps the first Investment Plan to be developed jointly by the two programmes. In February and June/July 2016, joint missions were conducted by the UN-REDD Programme and FIP to Zambia when technical discussions with Government and stakeholder meetings were held in order to inform the design of the REDD+ Investment Plan. As an outcome, the UN-REDD Programme and the Multilateral Development Banks supporting FIP (notably the World Bank, the African Development Bank and the International Finance Corporation), developed a joint work plan and budget to coordinate and integrate resources towards the REDD+ Investment Plan, a common conceptual and analytical approach for the Investment Plan development, an updated Roadmap towards the development of the plan, and draft a Joint Aide-Memoire. Most support proposed will focus on moving Zambia further towards REDD+ implementation through the REDD+ Investment Plan.

Continued technical assistance in moving from REDD+ readiness to REDD+ investments are important to position Zambia for the mobilization of results based payments. The REDD+ Investment Plan offers an opportunity to build on the strong base for further REDD+ implementation with appropriate technical and policy support from partners. Support for moving towards REDD+ investment is an important pillar of the UN-REDD Programme’s proposed approach for providing technical assistance. It is expected that the joint development of the REDD+ Investment Plan by the UN-REDD Programme and FIP will not only be seen as unique in nature, but lay a solid foundation for additional investments into REDD+ and concurrently position the country to attract potential results based finance.

As a background, Zambia’s National REDD+ Strategy lays out 10 strategic objectives and within each of these, some potential investments had been identified. According to the Government of Zambia, the selection of investments to be prioritized in the REDD-investment plan should be structured around the strategic objectives and also take into account their potential to address livelihoods challenges and to reduce poverty, their feasibility, potential for co-benefits, potential for transformational impact, potential to leverage other investments, and their potential for greenhouse gas emission reductions.  

The UN-REDD Programme has provided support to Zambia since 2010 through a fully-fledged National Programme in the form of strategic policy advice and technical support on analytical work such as on the drivers of deforestation and degradation; assessment of financing, incentives and benefit sharing opportunities; review of policy, legal and regulatory frameworks; capacity building of relevant actors and sectors in REDD+ processes; and stakeholder engagement. These analyses and initiatives have led to the development of Zambia’s National REDD+ Strategy which has been endorsed at the highest Ministerial level of Government and the National REDD+ Strategy has been applauded. Zambia was among the first in Africa to submit its Forest Reference Emission Level to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). An approach to Measurement, Reporting and Verification (MRV) has been put in place that draws on a national forest monitoring system, and a country approach to addressing and respecting safeguards has been outlined. 

Against the above-mentioned background, and given the need to urgently roll out the implementation of the Investment Plan once it is concluded, UN-REDD Programme together with FIP and other partners supporting Zambia will need to continue deploying their joint and complementary efforts in helping the country transition from readiness to implementation and receive results based finance. 


 

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