REDD - Forest Conservation in Pacific Island countries II
As of: January 2020
Objective and activities
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
- The project supports the REDD+ steering committee in Fiji in several sub-areas (Measuring, Reporting and Verification, Safeguards and Benefit Sharing, Education, Communication) and in the technical monitoring of the development of the REDD+ elements by external consultants.
- The project financed the development of a method for carbon estimation in mangroves and accompanies the evaluation of the data with regard to the applicability of the results for REDD+ in Fiji.
- The project's information status and the side event on progress in REDD+ in the Pacific island states were very well received at the Asia-Pacific Forestry Week in Seoul in June 2019.
- The project, together with the University of the South Pacific, is conducting a study to investigate the potential of drones to detect and quantify forest degradation in the project area of Nakavu, Fiji.
- Fiji's Emissions Reductions Programme Document was successfully presented at the Participants Committee Meeting in July 2019 and accepted without further conditions. This ensures the reception of results-based payments from the Carbon Fund of the Forest Carbon Partnership (FCPF) on the basis of the Emission Reductions Purchase Agreement still to be drafted.