The 2017 UN-REDD Africa Knowledge Exchange, held from 19-21 September 2017 in Nairobi, Kenya, saw the participation of 22 forestry sector experts, civil society and indigenous peoples representatives from 11 UN-REDD Partner Countries in the region. The event provided a space for focused technical dialogue and sharing of experiences on how participating countries are navigating the transition from REDD+ readiness to implementation.

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Navigating the transition from REDD+ readiness to implementation seems to be a common trend among African countries that have been systematically engaged in the REDD+ mechanism over the past years. There are new and increasing international opportunities to finance REDD+ implementation. While acceding to REDD+ finance and embedding forests in national efforts to build low carbon economies remains a challenge many countries in Africa are confronted with, there is a number of emerging experiences and innovations related to the transition from readiness to implementation in the region.

The 2017 UN-REDD Africa Knowledge Exchange aimed at contributing to accelerating this transition by providing a space for focused technical dialogue and experience sharing among eleven partner countries in the region. The proposed agenda has fundamentally built on country needs identified in the Global Survey UN-REDD has undertaken with partner countries globally to consult them on the development of its Programme of Work for 2018-2020. Responses from REDD+ focal points were collected between April and June 2017. Out of the 11 focus countries of the exchange, 9 have responded.

Find the agenda of the 2017 Africa Knowledge Exchange here.

Find the list of participants here.

Further supporting materials, including presentations and additional reading materials will be uploaded to the Africa Knowledge Exchange folder here.

Find more pictures on UN-REDD Flickr account here.

For further details, please contact Mihaela Secrieru,