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REDD - Forest Conservation in Pacific Island countries II

As of: March 2021

Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu are preparing for the international UNFCCC mechanism for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+). The Pacific island states need support in the capacities to protect and conserve their forests despite the great importance of these ecosystems for the population. This project will support these countries to implement their REDD+ strategies as well as reduce, measure and report forestry sector GHG emissions in accordance with international standards by 2020. Local sample projects inform the national REDD+ processes and demonstrate, e.g. through sustainable management and restoration of forest ecosystems, a variety of additional benefits such as improved income opportunities, resilience to impacts of climate change and biodiversity conservation. The resulting regional capacity building in the forestry sector will also benefit other small island states in the Pacific.

State of implementation/results

  • In cooperation with the FAO's IKI project "The Paris Convention in Action: Upscaling Forest and Landscape Restoration to Achieve NDCs", the project plans to hold a webinar on access to relevant climate finance in December 2020 - adapted to COVID-19 travel restrictions in the Pacific Ocean
  • The field work of the Vanuatu National Forest Inventory, which had been interrupted for more than half a year due to COVID-19 restrictions, has been resumed.
  • In 2019, the Fijian Prime Minister declared the ambitious target of planting 30 million trees in 15 years. In collaboration with the BMZ-funded project "Coping with Climate Change in the Pacific Island Region (CCCPIR)" and the Fijian Ministry of Forestry, national guidelines for reforestation measures are being developed for successful implementation.
  • In October 2019, the Pacific Week of Agriculture took place in Apia, Samoa. The presentation of the project at the Technical Forestry Meeting was received with great interest. At the meeting of Heads of Agriculture and Forestry Services and Ministers of Agriculture and Forestry Services the project was able to contribute substantially to the results.
  • Fiji's Emission Reductions Programme Document was accepted by the Carbon Fund of the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility in July 2019 without further conditions. The Emission Reductions Payment Agreement is scheduled to be signed in 2020, ensuring receipt of results-based payments from the Carbon Fund until 2024.

Project data

Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu

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

Political partner(s):
  • Ministry of Environment, Climate Change, Disaster Management and Meteorology - Solomon Islands
  • Ministry of Fisheries and Forests (MFF) - Fiji
  • Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC)

Implementing partner(s):
  • Live and Learn - Fiji
  • Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC)

BMU grant:
5.000.000,00 €

07/2015  till  03/2021


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