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05 February 2020

Report of the National Workshop on Development of a Safeguards Information System in Myanmar

Uploaded By Cordula Epple

This is the report from a workshop held in Nay Pyi Taw, 29-30 January 2019. The aims of the workshop were to: discuss the results of an assessment of information systems and sources relevant to the Safeguards Information System (SIS); collect feedback for filling gaps in the assessment and on other relevant sources of information for the SIS; discuss possible approaches, barriers and opportunities for information collection and sharing; discuss options for the design of the SIS, including institutional arrangements, information structure and modalities for public access to information; update participants on process and requirements for the development of a Summary of Information on Safeguards (SoI).

03 February 2020

National Consultation Workshop on the Draft of Myanmar’s First Summary of Information on Safeguards

Uploaded By Charlotte Hicks

This report sets out the content and results of the National Consultation Workshop on the Draft of Myanmar’s First Summary of Information (SoI) on Safeguards was conducted on 24th October 2019 in Nay Pyi Taw. The workshop provided an opportunity for participants to provide feedback on the draft SoI, in addition to building participants’ understanding of REDD+ Safeguards, SIS and how the safeguards are addressed and respected in Myanmar. 

03 February 2020

National Consultation Workshop on the Draft of Myanmar’s First Summary of Information on Safeguards

Uploaded By Charlotte Hicks

This report sets out the content and results of the National Consultation Workshop on the Draft of Myanmar’s First Summary of Information (SoI) on Safeguards was conducted on 24th October 2019 in Nay Pyi Taw. The workshop provided an opportunity for participants to provide feedback on the draft SoI, in addition to building participants’ understanding of REDD+ Safeguards, SIS and how the safeguards are addressed and respected in Myanmar.

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UN-REDD Semi-Annual Progress Update 2019

Uploaded By Mihaela Secrieru
19 December 2019

UN-REDD NP Final Report Template_FR

Uploaded By Mihaela Secrieru
19 December 2019

UN-REDD NP Final Report Template_ES

Uploaded By Mihaela Secrieru
19 December 2019

UN-REDD NP Final Report Template_EN

Uploaded By Mihaela Secrieru
19 December 2019
19 December 2019
19 December 2019
18 December 2019

Chaines de valeur pour les paysages forestiers et agroforestiers de Cote d'Ivoire

Uploaded By Alice Van der Elstraeten

Ce document est le compte-rendu du deuxième cadre de dialogue du Partenariat 1 pour 20 de Novembre 2019 sur les chaînes de valeur pour les paysages forestiers et agroforestiers de Côte d'Ivoire 

18 December 2019

Cross River State REDD+ Strategy

Uploaded By Wahida Shah

Cross River State REDD+ Strategy, Nigeria 

18 December 2019

Cross River State REDD+ Strategy

Uploaded By Wahida Shah

Cross River State REDD+ Strategy, Nigeria 

16 December 2019

Forestry in Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). An Asia-Pacific Perspective

Uploaded By Maryia Kukharava

This policy brief provides a summary of an expert discussion forum convened on “Forestry in NDCs of Asia-Pacific countries: 2020 vision”.

The forum was held on 17 June 2019 and organised as part of the 2019 Asia-Pacific Forestry Week (APFW) at the Green Climate Fund (GCF) office in Songdo, Republic of Korea.
Eleven regional experts participated in the forum, representing views from multiple countries, as well as from key institutions across the Asia-Pacific region.

This policy brief summarises the main discussions held during the consultation, which responded to a set of twelve questions designed to inform stakeholders on the potential role of forestry in achieving NDC goals in the Asia-Pacific region after 2020.

12 December 2019

Viet Nam Infobrief Series: Viet Nam’s approach to safeguards

Uploaded By Leona Liu

*This is part of a series of info briefs produced in 2019 on the main lessons learned from Viet Nam's National REDD+ Programme 

REDD+ has the potential to deliver social and environmental benefits that go beyond mitigating climate change, but REDD+ actions could also entail some potential risks. In order to minimize these risks, and at the same time enhance the potential benefits, seven safeguards, known as the “Cancun safeguards” (See Box 1) are in place that must be addressed and respected throughout the implementation of REDD+ actions.

At the end of 2018, the Government of Viet Nam completed two key United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) requirements relating to safeguards: it submitted its first summary of information on safeguards, outlining how the country will address and respect the safeguards throughout REDD+ implementation, and also released an online safeguards information systems (SIS). Viet Nam became the first country in the Asia-Pacific region to complete the Warsaw Framework for REDD+ after fulfilling these safeguards requirements, which now make the country eligible to receive REDD+ results-based payments.

12 December 2019

Viet Nam Infobrief Series: Viet Nam’s experience with developing Provincial REDD+ Action Plans (PRAP)

Uploaded By Leona Liu

*This is part of a series of info briefs produced in 2019 on the main lessons learned from Viet Nam's National REDD+ Programme 

The Cancun Agreements of 2010 (paragraph 71) request countries to develop a National Strategy (NS) or Action Plan (AP) for REDD+ implementation. Such a document is mandatory, if countries intend to become eligible for result-based payments. In recent years, many countries in the Asia-Pacific region, including Viet Nam, have developed what are generally referred to as National REDD+ Strategies. These Strategies are designed to direct policies and investments towards actions that will clearly contribute to climate change mitigation goals, through their impacts on forests. In other words, they are designed to address direct and indirect drivers of deforestation and forest degradation effectively. They are also expected to complement existing forestry strategies, such as Viet Nam’s Forestry Development Strategy (2006-2020), National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plans (NBSAP) and national socio-economic development plans. 

Implementing a National REDD+ Strategy will often require many different practical interventions across the whole country. The more diverse a country is, the more varied these interventions will be, in order to suit different environmental, social and economic contexts and the different factors that drive forest loss and degradation, and prevent or discourage forest expansion and improvement. So, while a National REDD+ Strategy sets the overall objectives, targets and approaches, specific actions and interventions should ideally be planned and monitored at a more local scale. 

When Viet Nam’s Forest Administration (VNFOREST) designed the UN-REDD Viet Nam Phase II Programme in 2012, it was proposed to tailor the broad provisions of the National REDD+ Action Programme (NRAP) according to conditions on the ground, thus developing Provincial REDD+ Action Plans (PRAPs) in each of the programme’s six pilot provinces. These would be aligned with existing provincial Social and Economic Development Plans (SEDPs), which follow a five-year planning cycle. Provincial SEDPs are used to generate provincial Land Use Plans and Forest Protection and Development Plans (FPDPs). PRAPs could therefore take current plans as a basis, identifying to what extent planned actions are already aligned with NRAP objectives. 

In Viet Nam, a PRAP’s role is to operationalise the NRAP and its component Policies and Measures (PAMs) by tailoring PAMs to address both local-specific drivers of deforestation and forest degradation and barriers to expansion of forest enhancement activities. Developing PRAPs allows for more direct involvement of a wide range of provincial stakeholders, including sectors beyond forestry, in the planning process. This increases transparency, ownership and the social sustainability of REDD+ interventions. PRAP development recognises that, in order to be effective, REDD+ implementation must align with provincial planning processes. Ultimately, the results of PRAP implementation may also affect subsequent provincial planning cycles to bring about a transformational change in how forest landscapes are managed. 

12 December 2019

Viet Nam Infobrief Series: Medicine from the forest - Medicine for the forest

Uploaded By Leona Liu

Traditional therapeutic medicine in Viet Nam has a long history. Treatments based on medicinal plants are still often used in addition to, or even instead of, allopathic medicine by many Vietnamese. Viet Nam is home to an estimated 12,000 species of high-value plants, of which 10,500 have been identified. Approximately 36 percent of those are known to have medicinal properties. Herbal and aromatic plants are used to make soaps, bath solutions and medicines, such as balms for pain relief, and also supply modern pharmaceutical production chains. 

Since the mid-1990s, several once-abundant medicinal plants have been threatened with extinction from over-exploitation. In this respect, Viet Nam’s experience is similar to that of many other countries in the region, such as with blueberries in Mongolia and gaharu (agarwood or aloeswood) in Indonesia in the early 1990s. In Lao Cai and neighboring provinces, many fresh and processed products are sold domestically and to the Chinese markets just across the border, and demand is growing. As a result, what used to take the women only a few hours to collect, now requires several days of searching in the forests. Although Viet Nam has tremendous potential as a grower and producer of herbal medicine, it has gone from being an exporter to an importer of medicinal materials. 

Communities have become aware of the effects of forest destruction and over-exploitation and the dangers the “green goldmine” is facing. In 2017, Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc urged government agencies and actors nationwide to develop measures to protect and promote traditional herbal medicines. He affirmed that such medicines are a treasure of the country, which can contribute to poverty reduction. He asked for solutions to tackle challenges in value and marketing chains, lower risks of extinction of many rare herbal plants, and careful use of advanced technology. 

Alliances by non-government organizations (NGO), Forest Protection Departments and local pharmaceutical companies have responded to the call for action. Jointly with local people, they have developed species and area management plans, enhanced capacities and benefit flows from the forest to the people. These initiatives are supported by, and aligned with, the new Forestry Law of 2017. This Law specifically prioritizes forest allocation to ethnic communities who have customary use of forests and recognizes communities as forest owners for the first time. The alliances have also helped to set up cooperatives to assist in the marketing of products. 

When the UN-REDD Viet Nam Phase II Programme launched its pilot activities in Lao Cai province, it was the “green goldmine” that connected the issues of forest carbon, local livelihoods and forest land tenure, presenting a promising formula for sustainable forest management. 

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