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A joint mission of the UN-REDD Programme with the participation of the three regional technical advisers for FAO, UNDP and UNEP took place from 11 -13 May 2016 in Côte d’Ivoire. The aim of the mission was to review the progress of the National Programme (NP) and discuss key technical and operational issues.

 

Regrouping the key members of the Executive Permanent Secretariat of REDD+ (SEPREDD+), including the National REDD+ coordinator and the National and International Technical Advisors, the mission was an opportunity to analyse the progress achieved and to guide the upcoming activities of the NP’s working plan approved in January 2016 by the Steering Committee. It was equally an opportunity to support the organizational plan of SEPREDD to improve its internal operation, and to participate in the monthly meeting of the UN-REDD programme.

Several discussions were held around the four elements of the Warsaw framework: A National REDD+ Strategy, a Forest Reference Emission Level / Forest Reference Level (FREL / FRL), a National Forest Monitoring System (NFMS) and a Safeguards Information System (SIS). The National REDD+ Strategy is progressing both in terms of drafting and receiving inputs from five working groups that are seeking to identify the relevant Policies and Measures to implement REDD+. However, the REDD+ NS depends heavily on the results of ongoing studies and seeks to ensure coherence with the other elements. In terms of the NFMS, a national Measurement, Reporting and Verification (MRV) unit was set up and its six members are being trained on GIS and remote sensing. Furthermore, a long-term NFMS strategy is being planned and a forest inventory is developed. Concerning the FREL / FRL, a first draft of Côte d’Ivoire’s FREL is intended to be finalized by the end of the year, a national consultant will be recruited to develop the methodology. Lastly, the development of the SIS including the results of SESA and the results of the multiple benefits analysis will start towards the end of 2016. The discussions included transversal aspects such as the inclusion of stakeholders in REDD+, mainly the civil society through the national platform called OIREN and the private sector through the Green Commodities Programme.

Aware of the risks of overlap of activities and resources between the different projects, the SEPREDD presented the progress of the various programmes, mainly the World Bank FCPF ER-PD, the Forest Investment Programme and the AFD REDD+ pilot project. The regional advisors stressed the importance of working in coherence, implementing multi-scalable methodologies for the NFMS and the FREL and developing common investment programmes in line with the National REDD+ strategy and its PAMs. Finally the joint UN-REDD mission had the opportunity to convey clearly that in order to avoid possible overlapping of activities there is a need to conduct a mapping of the programmes/initiatives including the technical and financial partners engaged in the process in order to improve communication channels and ensure better coordination of activities.

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