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The Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development of Côte d'Ivoire and the Minister of Environment and Energy Costa Rica have signed a long term Memoradum of Understanding (MOU) at a COP22 side event in Marrakech. The purpose of the MOU between the two countries is to provide a framework for cooperation and facilitate collaboration in areas of climate change and forestry, with the ultimate goal of enhancing, strengthening and accelerating their respective REDD+ processes. Ultimately, this collaboration will contribute to the implementation of sustainable forest management in Côte d'Ivoire and Costa Rica. 

This cooperation framework will support the scaling-up of best practices and experiences through strengthening the knowledge hubs in Côte d'Ivoire and Costa Rica and facilitate increased engagement in south-south cooperation and the sharing of knowledge and development experiences between the two countries.

A fundamental aspect of the engagement between Côte d'Ivoire and Costa Rica is ensuring that appropriate mechanisms of cooperation especially related to approaches to capacity building, collecting, documenting and sharing experience at the policy and advocacy levels, will be done through testing different approaches to SSC (South-South Cooperation). The role of the UN-REDD Programme in this partnership is focused on facilitation and brokering the transfer of knowledge, ideas, expertise, products, services and resources.

At the same side event, Côte d'Ivoire presented the first version of its National REDD+ strategy. The overall objective of the National REDD+ Strategy is to reduce by 80% greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and degradation, to simultaneously restore 5,000,000ha of degraded land by 2030 and managing them in a sustainable manner while ensuring the objectives of poverty reduction, human and social development of local communities within a framework of social, cultural and gender equity. The draft strategy proposes eight major strategic pillars that address the direct and indirect drivers of deforestation.


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