The Support to National REDD+ Action: Global Programme Framework 2011-2015 (SNA) works with the UN-REDD Programme’s partner countries and others to develop common approaches, data and analyses to support them on the way to REDD+ readiness.

The SNA was endorsed by the UN-REDD Programme Policy Board in August 2011 and, together with National Programmes, aims to achieve the objectives set out in the UN-REDD Programme Strategy 2011-2015.

As laid out in its current Strategy, the UN-REDD Programme has six work areas for 2011-2015: MRV and monitoring; national REDD+ governance; engagement of indigenous peoples, local communities and other relevant stakeholders; ensuring multiple benefits of forests and REDD+; transparent, equitable and accountable management of REDD+ payments; and REDD+ as a catalyst for transformations towards a green economy.

In order to support partner countries in each of these work areas, three categories of SNA assistance are available: international support functions, country specific support and a Secretariat.

International support is used to cluster the development of guidelines, methodologies and tools that are designed to facilitate the implementation of UNFCCC decisions and guidelines in a way that is country-driven. The management and sharing of knowledge and South-South cooperation can also be supported with these funds.

Backstopping and country-specific – or Targeted Support – complement a country’s National Programme. They aim to ensure that a beneficial cycle of technical support, lessons learned from implementation and the generation of knowledge is kept going.

Finally, an interagency Secretariat exists to ensure that the Programme is delivered efficiently and effectively and to liaise with the Programme’s stakeholders.


SNA results framework

The SNA is delivered within the scope of eight outcomes linked to the Programme’s six work areas, as well as two further areas of focus: Knowledge Management and the Secretariat. Each outcome (where changes in institutional performance are measured) is broken down into outputs (new products or services for achieving an outcome). Together, these make up the UN-REDD Programme’s SNA Monitoring Framework 2013-2015 (ENG, SPA FRE), against which the Programme’s results and progress are monitored and reported. All of the SNA’s Annual reports and Semi-Annual updates can be accessed here.



Outcome 1. MRV and Monitoring
Outcome 2. Governance
Outcome 3. Deferred and integrated to others
Outcome 4. Stakeholder engagement
Outcome 5. Safeguards and Multiple Benefits
Outcome 6. Green Economy and Private Sector
Outcome 7. Knowledge Management and Communications

Outcome 8. Secretariat

The UN-REDD Programme’s SNA support mechanism has so far achieved some important results, including assisting countries to carry out actions that are necessary for moving towards the results-based phase of REDD+. For example, the Programme has provided a summary of country experiences in establishing national forest monitoring systems (NFMS) and reference levels, which has helped country-level NFMS to be established.

Also, the development of free, prior and informed (FPIC) guidelines by the SNA support mechanismhas assisted countries to progress participatory governance and full and effective stakeholder engagement. SNA support has also enabled safeguards and safeguards information systems to be implemented by countries, as well as all aspects related to a sustainable REDD+ strategy – such as mapping REDD+ multiple benefits and related decision-making tools, addressing drivers of deforestation, promoting private sector engagement and economic assessments of REDD+ scenarios.

Country-specific support

Country-specific support is provided in response to specific country needs and has become more pertinent as countries move closer towards REDD+ implementation. Backstopping for National Programmes and Targeted Support have become fundamental tools for helping national REDD+ efforts progress – not only those in collaboration with the UN-REDD Programme but also with other initiatives. After clear procedures for countries to access Targeted Support were issued in, the number of requests for Targeted Support have increased. This has created an enabling environment for receiving further support (see box below). Backstopping has also become more pertinent as funding for National Programmes increases and more countries become eligible. Since 2014, the Programme’s SNA support mechanism has also provided funding for countries to carry out Country Needs Assessments, which ensure that the scope and design of support is in line with country priorities.


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How can a country request UN-REDD Programme Targeted Support?

All partner countries of the UN-REDD Programme –including those that receive support through the Programme’s National Programmes support mechanism –are eligible to receive Targeted Support, subject to fund availability and the programming priorities included in the work areas of the Programme. Detailed instructions and procedures for requesting Targeted Support can be found in the Procedures for Accessing UN-REDD Programme Targeted Support document adopted in March 2012 at the Programme’s Eighth Policy Board meeting. It is recommended that Targeted Support requests be submitted using the Voluntary Form format.

Requests are sent to the Secretariat of the UN-REDD Programme through a country’s National REDD+ Focal Point. The Regional UN-REDD Programme Focal Points of the three participating UN agencies (FAO, UNDP and UNEP) are available to provide any necessary support and advice in preparing the proposal and it is highly recommended that the country consults them in this regard.

What is the procedure for receiving backstopping support?

Backstopping is technical support provided by technical UN-REDD Programme personnel who are based in regional hubs and the headquarters of the participating UN agencies.

What are the procedures and possibilities to request support for country needs assessments?

Support for country needs assessments (CNA) is provided based on availability and approval by the Programme’s Policy Board. The Programme invites its partner countries to submit CAN in accordance with specific criteria. The first round of country and regional needs assessment was announced in April 2014 with a deadline to submit proposals by 25 July 2014.

Is it mandatory to be a UN-REDD Partner Country to request Targeted Support and/or country needs assessment support?

Yes. As a general rule, only UN-REDD Programme partner countries are eligible to access UN-REDD Programme funding or support mechanisms such as National Programmes, Targeted Support, backstopping and country needs assessments.

What is SNA?

SNA stands for the Support to National REDD+ Action: Global Programme Framework 2011-2015 (SNA) and is one of the two main funding andsupport mechanisms, of the UN-REDD Programme. The SNA was officially introduced in 2011, consolidating different work areas and budget streams under one framework. It replaces what was known as the Global Programme.

What proportion of the SNA budget is provided to countries?

The SNA budget depends on annual budget allocations and work plans. Please refer to the UN-REDD Programme’s Annual Reports and Semi-Annual Progress Updates published on the website, which includes financial status of the Programme. Please also refer to the MPTF Office GATEWAY, which provides real-time data on commitments and deposits, approved programme budgets, transfers to and expenditures reported by participating Organizations, interest income and other expenses. The Gateway provides also helps with fund monitoring and reporting in relation to the UN system and its MPTF partners.

How does inter-agency collaboration work across different work areas?

The UN-REDD Programme builds on the convening role and technical expertise of the FAO, UNDP and UNEP in a collaborative way. This helps to make the most of existing institutional infrastructure, provide integrated technical support and to channel funds to countries in the most effective way. This collaborative delivery is based on the principles that each UN Organization will:

  • build on its comparative strengths;
  • facilitate partnerships, drawing on expertise from a range of national and international organizations acting as executing agencies to ensure well-coordinated and timely action;
  • actively contribute to coordination and mainstreaming in-country, while avoiding duplication of effort with other REDD initiatives.

TheProgramme’s collaborating UN agencies are responsible for carrying out UN-REDD Programme activities, and these are carried out by each agency in accordance with its applicable regulations, rules, directives and procedures.

The SNA provides support through five technical work areas on REDD+ readiness: MRV and Monitoring, Governance and National REDD+ Strategy, Stakeholder Engagement, Safeguards and Multiple Benefits, and Private Sector and Green Economy. The three UN Organizations, individually or collectively the take lead one or more of these work areas, based on their area of technical expertise and comparative advantage. For instance, the FAO is the lead agency for MRV and Monitoring, UNDP is for Governance and National REDD+ Strategy and Stakeholder Engagement, UNEP is the lead agency for Private Sector and Green Economy, with the other organizations implementing parts in collaboration with the lead agency. All three organizations collaboratively work on Safeguards and Multiple Benefits, with no specific lead agency. Support across work areas, however, is delivered through a “One UN” approach - i.e. the three UN agencies deliver support at the country level in a collaborative and coordinated manner.

Where can I find the reporting against the expected results of the SNA?

The UN-REDD Programme regularly monitors progress against the SNA Monitoring Framework and reports on a semi-annual and annual basis. Please refer to our reports and updates along with the associated annexes on the SNA delivery.

Total Number of Targeted Support Requests Received 90
Total Number of Targeted Support Approved 86
Total Approved Amount US$ 17,880,117
Total Number of Targeted Support Developed with CSO/IP 0