As of: January 2018
REDD - Forest Conservation in Pacific Island countries II
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
- Pilot sites for REDD+ were managed in three partner countries.
- The Solomon Islands are being supported by the project in the revision of their "Code of Logging Practices".
- On the basis of the experience gained in the project sites, Fiji's minimum tree-specific harvest diameter was established and anchored in its forestry legislation.
- With the support of the project, Papua New Guinea (PNG) could submit its emissions reference level for REDD+ to the UNFCCC in January 2017.
- In July 2017, a workshop for the identification of REDD+ key messages was successfully carried out in Vanuatu.
- In July 2017, a Climate Action Pacific Partnership (CAAP) event was held in Suva in support of Fiji’s COP presidency.
- In Vanuatu (April 2017), Solomon Islands (May 2017) and Papua New Guinea (August 2017), workshops were held to record communication needs. These workshops uncovered spheres for strengthening communication capacities.
- A regional meeting on financing instruments (e.g. GCF) for performance based REDD+ payments (results based payments), as well as initial experiences with FLR in the REDD+ context will be held in Bangkok in mid-October 2017. The project supports a total of 12 participants from its partner countries.