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Papua New Guinea (PNG) has been a leading proponent of REDD+ under the UNFCCC, jointly tabling an agenda item on “Reducing emissions from deforestation in developing countries: approaches to stimulate action” in 2005 with Costa Rica. Since 2010 PNG has been implementing REDD+ readiness activities including the development of a national forest monitoring system (NFMS), a forest reference emission level (FREL)/Forest Reference Level(FRL), a safeguards system and a national REDD+ strategy; as well as raising awareness among a diverse range of stakeholders including land owners, government ministries, CSOs, NGOs and the private sector. PNG has received REDD+ readiness support from a number of sources including the UN-REDD Programme, the World Bank’s Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF), JICA, the EU, GIZ, UNDP and FAO.

UNDP hosted and moderated an event in the UNDP Pavilion at COP22 to provide the space to the government of PNG at COP22 to present two key components of its national REDD+ architecture to the international community. The first was PNG’s proposed initial national FREL that will be submitted to the UNFCCC Secretariat for Technical Assessment in early 2017. The second was an outline of PNG’s National REDD+ Strategy, including descriptions of the country’s vision for REDD+, the priority drivers of deforestation and forest degradation, and details of the scope and scale at which PNG will implement REDD+.

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After welcoming remarks by UNDP, Mr. Fred Sarufa, Papua New Guinea's Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN, made an opening statement during which he highlighted PNG’s key role in first tabling REDD+ successfully as a UNFCCC agenda item and how they have nurtured it over the time it has been negotiated. He also highlighted that PNG sees REDD+ as core to a transformational shift in the country towards a more sustainable development path.

A presentation of PNG’s climate change policy, where Ms. Rensie Panda of the PNG Climate Change Development Authority (CCDA) explained the role of REDD+ within this broader policy context. She emphasized that REDD+ will be part of meeting their NDC target and that PNG has mapped Article 5 of the Paris Agreement to their national policies, ensuring that there are policies that meet the intent of the article. 

Another colleague from CCDA, Mr. Terence Barambi, then presented their draft REDD+ National Strategy which will soon be finalized. He discussed how PNG’s REDD+ strategy has evolved, particularly highlighting challenges around bringing together disconnected REDD+ efforts and forming a cohesive national vision of REDD+ in the country, as well as other challenges like land tenure.

Finally, the forest reference emission level that PNG has developed and intends to submit to the UNFCCC by January 2017, as well as elements of the national forest monitoring system, were presented by Mr. Alfred Rungol of CCDA along with Mr. Gewa Gamoga from the Papua New Guinea Forest Authority. 

CCDA and the PNG Forest Authority have been collaborating closely on the FREL/FRL development for PNG. The presentation highlighted the transparency of their system through PNG’s REDD+ and Forest Monitoring Web Portal (link).

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During the question/answer and discussion session, the Ambassador to the UN from Samoa, H.E. Mr Aliioaiga Feturi Elisaia, attended and intervened. He congratulated PNG on their REDD+ progress and explained that Samoa came to the event to learn from PNG’s experience.

Discussion was also stimulated amongst audience members when Juan Chang, Green Climate Fund Secretariat, asked several questions to the panel. This led to an active exchange, particularly looking forward on the prospects for financing REDD+ results through the Green Climate Fund and beyond.

This event marked a major step forward for REDD+ in PNG as the country transitions from REDD+ readiness to REDD+ implementation.

For more information on REDD+ in PNG, please contact:
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