Forest Landscape Restoration in Central America and the Dominican Republic (REDD-Landscape / CCAD) and implementation of the Green Development Fund for Central America (REDD Landscape)
As of: June 2020
Objective and activities
Around 8% of all known species worldwide live in the relatively small area of Central America. Through deforestation, soil degradation and agricultural use, however, forests can no longer fulfil their water management, soil protection and biodiversity functions.The project supports at least four countries of the Central American Integration System (SICA) in establishing, developing and carrying out implementation and financing mechanisms for FLR . National strategies, instruments and regulations are introduced, enshrined in law and implemented to this end. The Green Development Fund, which is integrated into the programme, provides project funding and finances FLR pilot projects at landscape level. The project also mobilises public and private investment and supports the Central American Commission for Environment and Development (CCAD) in its efforts to disseminate the Bonn Challenge Initiative in the Caribbean region.
Resource and land use management promoting carbon capture/storage through compensation payments
State of implementation/results
- The project supports the implementation of the Bonn Challenge, an international initiative for the restoration of forest and tree-rich landscapes (FLR) in the Central American and Caribbean region.
- El Salvador, Guatemala, the Dominican Republic and Costa Rica have improved the political framework conditions for FLR and have initiated corresponding policies, regulations and laws.
- Three out of four FLR pilot projects have started in the first quarter of 2020 in the Dominican Republic, in El Salvador and in Guatemala.
- The Central American countries have formulated a total of 6 investment projects for the "Green Development Fund for the Region SICA" (Spanish abbreviation: FDV), co-financed by the EU and managed by the project, five of which were adopted by the decision-making committee in November 2019.
- El Salvador's initiative for an international decade for the restoration of ecosystems 2021-2030 was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in March 2019, the project has supported El Salvador and the region in this initiative.
- The 12th and 13th Decade of Ecosystem Restoration was adopted by the UN General Assembly in March 2019.
- On 12 and 13 June 2019, the fifth Bonn Challenge Conference for the Latin American region was held in Havana, Cuba, with many Caribbean countries participating for the first time.
- Cuba, Belize and Uruguay announced their commitments to achieving the Bonn Challenge goals.
- The Central American Commission for Environment and Development, together with the Regional Agricultural Council, developed an initiative to achieve carbon neutrality in land use by 2040, and with the support of the project at the UN Climate Summit (09/2019), the PreCOP in Costa Rica (10/2019) and the COP 25 in Madrid (12/2019).
- In addition, the project organized a side event on private investment opportunities in FLR in Central America at the Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) on 30 November 2019.