In the Media
REDD+ partnership to discuss multilat readiness outcomes tomorrow
September 27, 2011
Unna Chokkalingam & Anuradha Vanniarachchy, Forest Carbon Asia
The third meeting and workshops of the REDD+ Partnership in 2011 will be held on 28 and 30 September at the Continental Hotel in Panama City, Panama. On 28th two priority topics on the agenda will be “Further development of the voluntary REDD+ database” and “Effectiveness of the multilateral initiatives (MIs)”.
The draft report “Effectiveness of Multilateral Initiatives” will be taken in to discussion during this session. Overall the findings from this process have been positive with respondents acknowledging the efforts that have been made to improve the effectiveness of the MIs. Opinions were most significantly shaped by the actions of the FCPF and UN-REDD with whom interview respondents had had the most contact. Consequently, there is a bias in the information presented through the assessment towards these initiatives. Key areas or progress identified by the majority of respondents were:
- Increased coordination between the MIs, mainly between UN-REDD, the FCPF and to a lesser degree FIP which have made significant efforts to harmonise approaches and increase communication between the MIs;
- The work of UN-REDD and the FCPF on defining the concept of readiness and supporting the mapping of steps towards this.
These efforts have gone some way to reducing both uncertainty around how to engage in REDD+ as well as taking some initial steps towards reducing the transaction costs related to that engagement.
The report also presents areas that need more progress. While many of these are specific to the MI or country in question a number of central themes emerged as important for further consideration including; the sustainability of financial flows, the engagement of the private sector, and the need to continue the evolution of the structure and operation of the MIs. These issues were raised with the caveat that the most pressing challenge facing developments on REDD+ is the need for a clear agreement within the UNFCCC to provide a clear outline of the standards that are required as well as the scale of potential financial flows available. It is also pertinent to comment that amongst interviewees, awareness of key issues and progresses varied significantly from a small minority with a very detailed knowledge to a majority who had very specific knowledge of their own situation and rather limited knowledge of the wider context. This limited understanding of the different initiatives has hampered the assessment and will affect the progress of REDD+ both within the negotiations and outside. This issue emphasises the need for continued information sharing, coordination and capacity building.
Please click here to view the draft report.
The afternoon session will be a workshop on safeguards. The session will look at the principles, ground-level experiences, best practices, and challenges faced as a basis for advancing the thinking on these areas. There will be presenters from three developing countries (including Philippines and Ecuador) and a donor’s perspective on safeguards.
The workshop session on the 30th will be on monitoring and measuring. Countries including Papua New Guinea, Mexico, Guyana and Guatemala will present their experience in measuring and monitoring for REDD+. Conservation International also will be presenting their ground-level experience during the evening session.
Please click here to view the background documents for the event.
Keywords: FCPF, FIP, Guyana, Mexico, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, PNG, REDD, REDD+ Partnership, UN REDD, WB