Ethiopia Announcements

To protect against potential risks and promote benefits from REDD+, seven safeguards must be supported throughout the implementation of REDD+ actions. These are known as the "Cancun safeguards", and were agreed at the 16th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate held in Cancun in 2010 (COP16).

Many UN-REDD partner countries are developing safeguards approaches and information systems with UN-REDD Programme support. To help share the latest information on country progress, this page includes links to workshop reports and materials (especially from 2015 onwards) as well as more formally published outputs. Spatial analysis products whose goals include safeguard support are found on the Multiple Benefits Country Resources Hub.

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A wealth of global knowledge products are also available on the Safeguards Technical Knowledge page.  

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The UN-REDD Programme has directly supported five countries in preparing their forest reference level /forest reference emission level (FRL/FREL) submission to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). With their FRELs now submitted, the Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Paraguay, Viet Nam and Zambia now have a benchmark for assessing their country’s performance in implementing REDD+. 

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With the support of the UN-REDD Programme, a high level delegation from Ethiopia participated in a South-South Knowledge exchange in the Republic of Korea from 1-8 March 2016  followed by a subsequent visit to China from 9-14 March 2016.  The Ethiopian delegation sought to learn from the Republic of Korea and China's valuable experiences on implementing bold national-scale forest management and bamboo development.

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Many UN-REDD Programme partner countries are developing approaches to ensure that their REDD+ plans take account of the Cancun safeguards, including through enhancing social and environmental benefits. This is the country resource hub for multiple benefits, please also see the safeguards hub for resources on country approaches to safeguards and safeguard information systems.

UN-REDD Programme supported outputs on planning for additional benefits are available below.  Mapping tutorials and tools are also available (in English, French, Mongolian, Spanish and Vietnamese). 

 

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The report "The Role of Forests in a Green Economy Transformation in Africa" was launched at UNEP's Side Event at the World Forestry Congress in Durban, South Africa. 

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The government of Ethiopia and the UN-REDD Programme have joined forces to support the region of Benishangul Gumuz to benefit from REDD+. On 2 September 2015, the regional authorities in the region's capital, Asosa, hosted a REDD+ inception workshop with the aim of building capacities and getting ready for REDD+.

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