REDD - Forest Conservation in Pacific Island countries II
As of: June 2019
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 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 derivation of a method for carbon estimation in mangroves and accompanies the evaluation of the data with regard to the usability of the results for REDD+ in Fiji.
- The establishment and work of REDD+ steering committees is supported in Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands. In the Solomon Islands, the first meeting of the steering committee in May 2018 will be supported and technically accompanied by the project.
- In 02/2018, a one-week regional workshop on the REDD+ communication strategies of the countries and the region took place. An awareness campaign was designed and implemented by the project.
- To support the development of the national REDD+ strategy in the Solomon Islands, a development aid position was filled in 12/2017. The Vanuatu development aid post was filled in 06/2018. Both posts are located in the national forest departments.
- The implementation of the minimum cutting diameter, which has been defined on the basis of the experience gained in the project area for sustainable forest management in Fiji and anchored in law, is supported by the project in cooperation with the Eberswalde University of Applied Sciences (HNEE).
- Findings on possibilities of sustainable forestry in the Pacific region were presented at a side event at the UNFCCC COP23.
- The preparations and implementation of Fiji's COP presidency were supported.
- A delegation with participants from the project countries and the partner SPC conducted a one-week excursion to Nepal in 09/2017 to discuss the progress made there in the areas of benefit sharing mechanisms, community forest management, social and ecological development, and the development of the COP.
- An event on REDD+ was held in Vanuatu in October 2017 as part of the regular meeting of Pacific forestry and agriculture ministers and high-ranking representatives from the ministries.
- The project has developed and submitted a chapter on the "Talanoa Dialogue" contribution of the GIZ.
- The web-based REDD+ information portal for the Pacific has been completely revised and is operational after the content review.