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The UN-REDD Programme, the Global Forest Financing Facilitation Network (GFFFN) and the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN) will hold a side event on mobilizing finance for forests and REDD+ at the 13th Session of the United Nations Forum on Forests in New York. The event will take place in Conference Room 4 (UNHQ) on May 9, 2018, from 13.15 to 14.30.

There is a need for developing integrated financial strategies for REDD+ and sustainable forest management (SFM) if we are to address the drivers behind the annual loss of more than 7 million hectares of tropical forests. Despite increased levels of funding available for REDD+ and SFM from different international financial mechanisms, significant challenges remain for accessing, blending, and deploying finance for REDD+ and SFM.

The session will provide an overview of the different sources of finance for REDD+ and SFM and highlight existing examples of how countries are using or can utilize national forest finance strategies for harnessing public and private finance for forests and REDD+. Specifically, the session will highlight examples from Costa Rica in developing a REDD+ financial strategy and implementation plan, and from Cote d’Ivoire in developing financial mechanisms for agroforestry cocoa systems.



13.15 – 13.25

Welcome and Introduction


-           Sybille Vermont, Deputy Head of Section, Global Affairs, FOEN Swiss Confederation

-           Christoph Dürr, FOEN, Deputy Head of Section, Forest Services & Forest Tending, Swiss Confederation

13.25 – 13.40

REDD+ and SFM finance – overview of sources


-           Ben Singer, Forest Affairs Officer,UNFF, and Jacinto Coello, Programme Officer, UN Environment

13.40 – 14.15



-           Sybille Vermont, Deputy Head of Section, Global Affairs, FOEN Swiss Confederation



-           Kouame Ernest Ahoulou, Permanent Executive Secretary REDD+, Ministry of Sanitation, Environment and Sustainable Development, Cote d’Ivoire

-           Jorge Mario Rodríguez, Executive Director – National Forestry Financing Fund, Costa Rica

14.15 – 14.30 

Questions and Answers



Relevant resources

AGF (2012). 2012 Study on Forest Financing. Unpublished report, 211 pp. Document available at

CASTRÉN, T., KATILA, M., LINDROOS, K. & SALMI, J. (2014). Private Financing for Sustainable Forest Management and Forest Products in Developing Countries: Trends and drivers. Washington, DC: Program on Forests (PROFOR), 127 pp. Document available at

FALCONER, A., PARKER, C., KEENLYSIDE, P., DONTENVILLE, A. & WILKINSON, J. (2015). Three tools to unlock finance for land-use mitigation and adaptation. Amsterdam and Venice: Climate Focus and Climate Policy Initiative, 42 pp. Document available at

KANT, P. & APPANAH, S. (2013). Guidelines for formulating national forest financing strategies. Bangkok: FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, 174 pp. Document available at

MCFARLAND, W., WHITLEY, S. & KISSINGER, G. (2015). Subsidies to key commodities driving forest loss: implications for private climate finance. London: Overseas Development Institute, 50 pp. Working paper available at
SINGER, B. (2016). Financing Sustainable Forest Management in Developing Countries: the Case for a Holistic Approach. International Forestry Review 18(1):96-109. Paper available at

VAN DIJK, K. & SAVENIJE, H. (2008). Hacia estrategias nacionales de financiamiento para el manejo forestal sostenible en América Latina: Síntesis del estado actual y experiencias de algunos países. Documento de trabajo sobre politica e instituciones 21. Amsterdam: Tropenbos, 137 pp. Document available at

Asen, Alexander, Herman Savenije and Fabian Schmidt. (eds.). (2012). Good Business: Making Private Investments Work for Tropical Forests. Tropenbos International, Wageningen, the Netherlands. xx + 196 pp. Document available at:

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