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A REDD+ planning retreat brought together key government agencies, development partners and representatives from the private sector in Kokopo, East New Britain Province, Papua New Guinea, from the 20 – 23 June 2017.

PNG REDD Finance Launch1The planning retreat was convened by the Climate Change and Development Authority (CCDA), with support from UNDP through the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) REDD+ readiness project, to launch the design process of PNG’s REDD+ Finance and Investment Plan (RFIP). The RFIP follows the endorsement of PNG’s National REDD+ Strategy (NRS) by the National Executive Council in May 2017.

The NRS was developed over an 18-month period through a process of structured consultation and awareness raising with key stakeholders from government agencies, civil society and the private sector. It builds on the experiences of early REDD+ readiness activities in PNG, including the development of pilot activities, and the ongoing assessment and analysis work that has focused on key areas of action on REDD+ including reviews of forest sector financing, commercial agricultural development, stakeholder engagement processes and land use mapping. Much of this work was compiled in an Issues and Options Paper for REDD+ in PNG, which set out the key decision and action areas for REDD+ in PNG and was circulated widely for consultation, the feedback from which was central to creating the NRS and was finally endorsed by the government of PNG in May 2017.

A group photo of the participants at the launch of the RFIP and GCF concept note. Photo credit: UNDP PNG.

The Managing Director of CCDA, Mr. Ruel Yamuna, opened the event and highlighted progress made to date on REDD+ and the various channels PNG is pursuing for large-scale climate finance, including through the Green Climate Fund (GCF).

Complementing the remarks from the Managing Director of CDDA, Tracey Vienings, Deputy Resident Representative of UNDP PNG, commended CCDA and other present stakeholders for the progress made with the endorsement of the National REDD+ Strategy and welcomed the launch of the RFIP development process.

This event brought senior government officials from the Forestry, Lands, Agriculture and Environment sectors. PNG aims to finalize the RFIP by December 2017, with next steps including sector-based consultations that aim to define concrete actions to be implemented, and institutional arrangements to do so. The activities identified in the RFIP will be implemented in the pilot provinces of Madang, East New Britain and West New Britain.

Between 2012 and 2016, Papua New Guinea received support in REDD+ readiness through a UN-REDD National Programme with
 a strong focus on NFMS and FRL components. NFMS has also been supported through an EU-financed national forest inventory project, implemented by FAO, and JICA projects on remote sensing. Activities concerning NS/AP development, SIS and safeguards and stakeholder engagement have continued in parallel through UNDP support under a FCPF readiness support project.

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