A Decade of REDD+: Milestones, Hurdles, and Insights

This year marks the 10th anniversary of REDD+ implementation, showcasing strides taken since the adoption of the Warsaw Framework in 2013. As 60 developing countries actively engage in activities to curb deforestation and forest degradation, the UN Climate Change secretariat witnesses a decade of significant accomplishments.

FORESTS AS CLIMATE CHAMPIONS: A CARBON SINK LEGACY

Forests, renowned for absorbing billions of metric tonnes of CO2 annually, stand as climate change warriors. REDD+ initiatives span an impressive 1.35 billion hectares, representing 62% of the total forest area in developing nations. Seventeen countries report a commendable reduction of 11.6 billion tons of carbon dioxide, meeting the criteria for results-based finance.

INSIGHTS FROM EIGHT NATIONS: EXPERIENCES AND LESSONS SHARED

Belize, Gabon, Indonesia, Peru, Saint Lucia, Suriname, Thailand, and Togo offer valuable insights into their unique REDD+ journeys. These experiences provide a guiding light as we reflect on the progress achieved and anticipate the roadmap for the next decade.

DIVERSE PATHS TO SUCCESS: STAKEHOLDERS AT THE FOREFRONT

Stakeholder involvement emerges as a pivotal factor in the success of REDD+ initiatives. Indigenous communities, youth, and women play integral roles, underlining the profound connection between their lives and the forests. The involvement of private companies and NGOs, particularly in mapping and monitoring, further enriches the landscape.

TECHNICAL SUPPORT AND FOUNDATIONS: BUILDING BLOCKS FOR SUCCESS

Technical support from key organizations, including the UN-REDD Programme and the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility, has been instrumental. The establishment of National Forest Monitoring Systems (NFMS) and National Forest Inventories (NFI) enhances data quality and availability, laying the foundation for robust reporting.

REDD+ CONTRIBUTIONS UNVEILED: MONITORING AND REPORTING ELEVATIONS

Beyond deforestation reduction, REDD+ initiatives foster national capacity improvements, incorporating cutting-edge technologies. Advancements in data quality, greenhouse gas inventories, and analytical capacities signify the program’s impactful role in elevating monitoring and reporting standards.

CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT AND NDC LINKAGES: TOWARD AMBITIOUS GOALS

The linkage between REDD+ activities and the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) is evident in the achievements of the eight countries. Capacity-building through REDD+ is poised to amplify the quality of national reporting, setting the stage for increased ambition in the forest sector during the 2025 NDC submissions.

AMBITION CHALLENGES AND THE IMPERATIVE OF EMPOWERMENT

Persisting challenges, including a lack of predictable finance and technical capacity, prompt a call for renewed commitment. Developing nations underscore the need for results-based finance for REDD+ to sustain successful mitigation efforts. Empowering communities during REDD+ activities emerges as a critical aspect, steering the path toward sustainable forest management and conservation.

Explore more about the transformative journey of REDD+ in the past decade and the roadmap ahead through the insights shared by these eight nations.

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