Côte d'Ivoire

Country Area : 322,463 km2

Forested Area (1000 ha) : 10,401

UN-REDD Programme Partner Country : Yes

Type of UN-REDD Programme Support Received : National Programme, Targeted support, Support to country needs assessment (CNA)

FCPF Member : Yes

Active FCPF Grant Holder: No

Readiness Grant Holder: No

Carbon Fund: No


UN-REDD readiness support (NP) was completed in 2018. The country has virtually achieved the four Warsaw Framework pillars for REDD+ (see here). This includes the Government’s adoption of the National REDD+ Strategy (SNREDD+), which contains a framework of actions that will enable the country to safeguard its current forests and to restore 20 per cent of its forest cover by 2030. The other achievements during this preparatory phase, which were notably advanced during 2018, were the submission of the FREL to UNFCCC, the implementation of a functional National Forest Monitoring System (SNSF), the design of the SIS and the drafting of the first national SOI on safeguards, which is under validation by the National REDD+ Committee.


With the technical support of UNREDD, Côte d’Ivoire is making progress on the institutional framework for REDD+ implementation. In 2018, UNREDD advised on the design of a national fund for REDD+ finance, the drafting of the national investment plan and a pilot payment-for-ecosystem-services (PES) mechanism. A first investment portfolio for REDD+ was also designed, including a partnership with the private sector for US$ 70 million, a GCF programme that is about to be submitted and a solid engagement on zero-deforestation commodities through the Cocoa & Forests Initiative.


The major challenge is to operationalize the National REDD+ Strategy and the monitoring tools (NFMS and SIS), as they entail a wide range of measures, some requiring important policy reforms, a high level of financing commitments from international partners, both public and private, and significant time to mature. The UN-REDD technical assistance under way is supporting the institutional measures (e.g. national fund), the financing avenues (e.g. PES strategy, GCF programme) and the partnerships (e.g. private-sector co-financing for REDD+, the engagement with the Cocoa & Forests Initiative).


The gender approach was incorporated into the national REDD+ readiness process and its outcomes. Specific women-led consultations took place, while the National REDD+ Unit conducted monitoring on the degree of female participation in the policy and technical consultations. The specific measures that will address the resource issues and livelihood needs of rural women, which appear in the National REDD+ Strategy, informed the investment and partnership efforts.

The REDD+ process in the country has been participatory and inclusive. Most of the policies, measures and investments entail supporting and financing small-scale, rural producers at the grass roots. In this sense, the investment plan, the pilot PES incentive scheme and other actions are directly engaging and supporting communities that wish to preserve or restore their forests while enhancing their agricultural livelihoods. During the official debriefing on NP completion to the UN-REDD Executive Board (October 2018), the civil society representative stated as follows: “The UN-REDD Programme contributed to a better structuring of the civil society, which resulted in the establishment of a platform called OI-REN, [which is] recognized by the Forest Administration as a key interlocutor (Forest Policy, Forest Code).”


From the outset of REDD+, UN-REDD has served as the platform to attract, convene and coordinate a wide range of national and international partners for REDD+ actions and investments. This institutional fabric remains dynamic and is expanding. UN-REDD collaborates closely and shares work streams with various partners, notably the FCPF and the EU REDD Facility. It is also fostering public-private partnerships, such as the country’s engagement in the Cocoa & Forests Initiative, as well as South-South cooperation with Ghana.


The National REDD+ Strategy has been one of the major forces in defining the national development plans and policies that underpin the Sustainable Development Agenda in the country. A national policy for zero-deforestation agriculture is now central to Côte d’Ivoire’s development framework, directly influencing SDG 12 (sustainable farming), SDG 13 (climate mitigation), SDG 15 (safeguarding and restoring forests) and SDG 17 (partnerships – see above).

(Update Annual Report 2018)

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Total Approved Targeted Support Amount (US$) 791,000
#   Timeline   Financial Information   Work Area (SNA Outcome)
Date of Request 14.09.2012
Date of Approval 20.11.2012
Implementation Period (Months) 4
Status Completed
Amount Requested US$ 0
Amount Approved US$ 235,000
UN Agency Providing Support
MRV and Monitoring
Stakeholder Engagement


Lead National Institution: CN REDD+, Ministere de l' Environnement et du Developpement Durable (UNDP) Secrétariat Exécutif Permanent REDD+ (SEP/REDD+)  (FAO)


  1. R-PP developed.
  2. REDD+ National Coordination enhanced.
  3. Technical capacity enhanced on GIS and remote sensing.
  4. Awareness of REDD+ raised among stakeholders.

#   Timeline   Financial Information   Work Area (SNA Outcome)
Date of Request 30.10.2013
Date of Approval 05.12.2013
Implementation Period (Months) 1
Status Completed
Amount Requested US$ 0
Amount Approved US$ 60,000
UN Agency Providing Support
Stakeholder Engagement


Lead National Institution: CN REDD+, Ministere de l' Environnement et du Developpement Durable (UNDP)    



  1. Communication plan and FPIC complied with throughout REDD+ implementation.

  2. Stakeholder consultation undertaken to ensure local populations consent to communication and consultation plan.

  3. Coordination strengthened between FLEGT and REDD+ processes.

  4. National REDD+ coordination enhanced.

  5. Communication and consultation plan improved and endorsed by local communities.


#   Timeline   Financial Information   Work Area (SNA Outcome)
Date of Request 02.07.2014
Date of Approval 25.08.2014
Implementation Period (Months) 9
Status Completed
Amount Requested US$ 0
Amount Approved US$ 230,000
UN Agency Providing Support
Green Economy and Private Sector


Lead National Institution: Permanent Executive Secretariat for REDD+ (SEP/REDD+), Ministry of Environment, Urban Health and Sustainable Development (MINESUDD)


  1. Amendments to the Decree on the establishment, organisation and operation of the REDD+ National Commission adopted.
  2. The Decree endorsed by all stakeholders.
  3. Legal framework for the implementation of REDD+, including legal and regulatory frameworks on forest and tenure, analysed.
  4. Actions needed to establish a legal framework enabling REDD+ implementation identified.
  5. REDD+ Investment Scoping Study report prepared identifying, prioritizing and classifying private sector REDD+ investment opportunities, and critical constraints to these investments assessed.
  6. Financial sector potential to invest in REDD+ outlined.
  7. Private sector actors from the forestry, agricultural and financial sectors aware of REDD+ and mobilized.
  8. Feasibility Study on a National Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES) Scheme conducted
  9. Action plan with a roadmap and recommendations on actions to undertake for PES implementation.
  10. All key stakeholders mobilized on PES and REDD+.

#   Timeline   Financial Information   Work Area (SNA Outcome)
Date of Request 19.05.2015
Date of Approval 19.01.2015
Implementation Period (Months) 1
Status Under Implementation
Amount Requested US$ 266,000
Amount Approved US$ 266,000
UN Agency Providing Support
MRV and Monitoring


Lead National Institution: Request through the  Forestry Commission, Ghana Expected completion date: 30/06/2016.


1. Enhanced regional cooperation and capacities on NFMS, MRV and data sharing.

2. Enhanced capacity and experiences shared on forest carbon inventories in West Africa.

Additional funding in November 2016 (USD 104,000), specifically to reach the following:

Regional training workshop undertaken and capacities of Remote Sensing /GIS staff improved on land use land cover classification systems and on how to harmonized existing land use legends in their countries.

Regional Training undertaken and data analysis skills of scientist and forest service staffs enhanced for estimation of emission factors.