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Climate-Related Modernisation of National Forest Policy and Piloting REDD Measures in the Philippines

As of: June 2021

This project aimed at improving national forest policy, providing incentives for forest conservation and restoration and thus contributing to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and conserving biodiversity. At its heart was the development of a REDD strategy, which contained innovative nature conservation elements, and pilot measures in nature reserves. Together, these should prevent the release of 35,000 tonnes of carbon and capture an additional 7,000 tonnes each year. Creating a monitoring system ensured these changes to the carbon balance recorded.
Successor project(s)
National REDD+ system in the Philippines

State of implementation/results

Project completed
  • The following results were achieved:
  • 1. Policy Advice: Under the Philippine National REDD + Strategy the project has advised essential aspects of a new forestry policy, which are now anchored in the national climate and
  • cevelopment policy
  • 2. Piloting of REDD + measures: In the project area South Leyte, a total of approx. 1.123 million tonnes of CO2 emissions were avoided through successful protection of the natural forest. Due to permanent forest protection measures, annual emission reductions of approx. 56,028 t CO2 are to be expected. 18,745 tonnes of CO2 will be committed each year through species-rich afforestation, agroforestry systems and natural forest rehabilitation on 2,178 hectares
  • 3. Capacity Building: The project has conducted numerous training, workshops and consultations on REDD + at local and national level with a total of 5,946 people (47% women) and built a coaching pool of 20 REDD + experts who have already planned several training events
  • 4. Awareness-raising and professional exchange: Intensive public relations work with a communication and media plan for the Philippine REDD + strategy, nationwide events, an exhibition on the International Year of the Forest 2011, journalism trips,
Media competitions and systematic press release has brought attention to the subject of REDD + in the media and has sharpened public awareness of forest and climate protection, and has given the BMU IKI considerable visibility as an innovative financing mechanism for climate projects.

Project data


Implementing organisation:
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

Political partner(s):
  • Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) - Philippines

Implementing partner(s):
  • Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) - Philippines

BMU grant:
2.791.835,37 €

11/2009  till  12/2013


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