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The UN-REDD Programme is currently supporting Peru’s Ministry of the Environment (MINAM) to develop an online flexible spatial tool to help guide REDD+ decision-making through the evaluation and prioritization of potential implementation areas, as part of a Targeted Support request by Peru. Judith Walcott and Miguel Torres (UNEP-WCMC) presented advances and received technical feedback on a pilot version of the tool, 14-18 March 2016 in Lima. In addition to holding a series of individual user testing sessions, a workshop was held on 17 March, with participation from a range of government institutions and NGOs, to discuss the role of spatial information in identifying priority areas for the implementation of REDD+ actions; review the functionalities and information available in the tool; explore user experiences and receive feedback on the tool; and identify next steps for the completion of the tool. 

Participants found the draft tool useful in collating and communicating social and environmental information for a variety of planning purposes.  It is expected that a public version of the tool will be available in June 2016.

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