Africa Announcements

The Congolese high level dialogue on the REDD+ national strategy was held 06th August 2015 in Brazzaville. The meeting was led by the Minister of the Forestry and sustainable development with the partnership of UN-REDD Programme. Three other ministers attended the meeting: Minister of Land Use Plan, the Minister of Planning and Finance and the Minister of Scientific Research. Other ministries were represented by the ministers’ chiefs of staff from the Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Mining, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Energy and the Ministry of land tenure. This high level participation demonstrated the high commitment of the sectors and the involvement of the national high level ownership of the REDD+ process.

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Dar es Salaam, 9 July 2015 – Deforestation in Tanzania could cost the national economy 5,588 billion Tanzanian Shillings (US$3.5 billion, based on 2013 exchange rates) between 2013 and 2033 on current trends, highlighting the importance of investing in the forestry sector to alleviate poverty and boost growth, according to a new report released today. 

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Selon le Ministre Allah-Kouadio Rémi, «l’agriculture zéro-déforestation» en Côte d’Ivoire est une agriculture qui protège les forêts restantes et qui contribue à la restauration du couvert forestier. Elle augmente la résistance des cultures face aux impacts du changement climatique et permet d’améliorer les moyens de subsistance des populations. C’est un concept qui entend contribuer à atteindre notre objectif national et réaffirmer par la même occasion la nouvelle loi forestière qui exige une couverture forestière de 20%», a-t-il soutenu. 

 

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The UN-REDD Programme is pleased to announce the launch of the Resource Guide for Advanced Learning on REDD+, produced by UN CC:Learn, as part of its Resource Guides for Advanced Learning on Climate Change series. The guide includes resources from key REDD+ technical information sources including the UN-REDD Programme and its collaborating UN agencies (FAO, UNDP and UNEP), Forest Carbon Partnership Facility, and others.  

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An update was presented to participants of the 14th Policy Board meeting on the Programme's Country Needs Assessment mechanism for support. This session also included presentations on Country Needs Assessment progress in Malawi, Madagascar, and the Meso-American region.

 

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The feasibility study for an economic valuation and mapping of REDD+ multiple benefits in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is now available on the workspace in French and English. The study presents existing data and information on forests in the DRC for the mapping and valuation of environmental services, both in terms of indirect and direct use benefits. 

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On 29 April, Malawi officially launched the comprehensive UN-REDD Programme supported Country Needs Assessment and Targeted Support under the auspices of the Minister for Environment, Natural Resources and Mining. More than 100 stakeholders from government, civil society, community-based organizations, academia and development partners attended the two-day launch event.

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Personal reflections from Elsie Gyekyewaa Attafuah, Senior Regional Technical Advisor, UN-REDD Programme (UNDP), Africa -- on the journey of Zambia's REDD+ strategy.

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28 April 2015 – Lusaka, Zambia -- The Government of the Republic of Zambia officially held today a high-level dialogue on its draft national strategy to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+). Speaking on behalf of Her Honor, the Vice President of Zambia, Mrs. Inonge Wina, M.P., the Minister of Lands, Natural Resources and Environmental Protection, Mrs. Christabel Ngimbu, M.P. highlighted the importance of the strategy as a demonstration of Zambia’s efforts and resolve to address deforestation and forest degradation in a holistic and integrated manner. 

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Zambia’s forest ecosystemscontribute US$ 1.3 billion, roughly 6.3 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP), to the national economy, further highlighting the crucial role forests can play in the global transition to a green economy, according to a new UNEP study.

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The Malawi Department of Forestry, with support from FAO and UNDP on behalf of the UN-REDD Programme, is convening national stakeholders on 29 and 30 April 2015 to launch UN-REDD -supported activities (targeted support and country needs assessment). The first, high level, day will cover REDD+ in Malawi and present the various deliverables under UN-REDD support and how they each relate to the Warsaw Framework. The second, more technical, day, will allow stakeholders to provide inputs on the substance. On this occasion a national-level Community of Practice on REDD+ will be launched to multiply cross country interactions and facilitate South South exchanges. 

 

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Just under 100 participants attended a workshop organised by the REDD National Coordination body in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), on 9 March 2015. The objectives of the event were to present the findings of two reports to a wide range of stakeholders, including civil society and indigenous peoples, and to agree on a roadmap for integrating the reports' findings into work undertaken by the DRC government on its ‘Vision for 2035’.

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A new resource which affirms the importance of mangroves in Central Africa was launched by the UN-REDD Programme yesterday at COP 20 taking place in Lima. Carbon Pools and Multiple Benefits of Mangroves in Central Africa Assessment for REDD+ finds that the mangroves of Central Africa which are found in Cameroon, Gabon, the Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Sao Tome and Principe, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Angola, could be amongst the most carbon-rich ecosystems in the world. Each hectare of cleared pristine mangrove is estimated to release 1,299 tonnes of C02 per year. However, until mangroves are included in the national definition of forests, many countries will be unable to access carbon incentives, improved governance, jobs and a range of other benefits under the global REDD+ programme. Summaries of the publication are available in French and Spanish here: https://www.mediafire.com/folder/utpft7622mmq0/REDD See more PR

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The regional South–South Knowledge-exchange took place in Nairobi, 14-15 October, 2014.  Attending the workshop organised by the UN-REDD Programme, were over 25 REDD+ National Coordinators from 21 countries across the region, representatives from civil society and Indigenous Peoples' organisations, members of the donor community and UN-REDD Programme professionals.  As part of the REDD+ readiness phase, REDD+ countries are starting to design REDD+ national strategies or action plans as framed by UNFCCC COP16 Decision 1 and COP19 Decision 15.  National REDD+ strategies stand as the anchor for national REDD+ processes - building a robust and internationally-credible strategy is a paramount task for each country pursuing REDD+ given its cross-sectorial and transformative nature, with technical as well as political dimensions.

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National REDD+ strategies are the anchors for national REDD+ processes. Building a robust and internationally-credible strategy is a paramount task for each country pursuing REDD+, given its cross-sectorial and transformative nature. Following the Latin American Exchange held last August, the UN-REDD Programme is now convening  a regional South South learning Exchange on "Developing National REDD+ Strategies on 14-15 October in Nairobi, Kenya, with participants from 32 countries and organizations. The goals of the exchange are to: identify possible key questions and essential building blocks of a national REDD+ strategy; identify key challenges and suggest approaches for building each component of the Strategy and for assembling them together, as well as to design a roadmap for doing so. The concept note and preliminary agenda for the exchange can be found here.

UN-REDD Programme countries in East Africa vowed to join forces to implement a coordinated strategy to combat the illegal logging and timber trade. Helen Clark, UNDP Administrator together with H.E. Tine Sundtoft, Minister of Climate and Environment, NORWAY, H.E. Lazaro Nyalandu, Minister of Natural Resources and Tourism, TANZANIA, Hon. Ephraim Kamuntu, Minister of Water and Environment, UGANDA and Mr. David Mbugua, Director - Kenya Forestry Services, KENYA voiced their concern about the diminishing forestry cover in their respective countries. They spoke of the detrimental effect this is having on their economies either in terms of ruined ecosystems affecting biodiversity, and essential for tourism, or underpayments of timber and lost taxes vanishing into foreign tax havens, and even threat to state security due to extent of interconnected organised crime in trafficking and corruption.  Press Release - http://bit.ly/1lRA6tZ

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Preliminary notice of proposal to hold the first African Regional workshop on sharing experiences on National Forest Monitoring and Greenhouse Gas Emissions tentativly during the week of 24th to 28th February 2014 in Zambia (tbc). The meeting will be by invitation and National Focal Points will be contacted to seek nominations. The purpose of this note is to act as a placeholder and for interested persons to advise us of any conflicting meetings or opportunities for coordination with other events in the region. More information will be provided later. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

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