Regional Forest Landscape Restoration in Central America and the Dominican Republic (REDD-Landscape / CCAD)
As of: January 2020
Objective and activities
The project will enable actors in at least 4 SICA countries to (further) develop & implement FLR implementation and financing mechanisms. National FLR strategies, instruments and implementing regulations are introduced, established in law and implemented. Land users and the local population are systematically involved in the implementation process & receive payments from adapted financing mechanisms. Skilled personnel are trained & knowledge & experience will be disseminated regionally through a platform hosted by the Central American Commission for Environment & Development. The EU's Green Development Fund, which is part of the program, provides project funding to national funding mechanisms & finances FLR pilot projects at landscape level. In the pro-cess, additional public and private investments in FLR measures are to be leveraged. The project also supports the establishment of a seed centre in El Salvador to improve the availability of quality seed for FLR implementation.
- 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 Forest Landscape Restoration (FLR), in the Central American and Caribbean region.
- The concept of a regional platform for political and operational FLR coordination, together with the emerging national funding mechanisms, has led the EU to allocate an additional €20 million to the project. This integrated the "Green Development Fund for the SICA Region" into the project to finance further concrete actions in the countries.
- 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 Decade aims to ensure the restoration of ecosystems and (forest) landscapes a high priority on the global agenda in the medium term and to provide a framework for existing and new initiatives.
- On 12 and 13 June 2019, the fifth Bonn Challenge Conference for the Latin American region took place in Havana, Cuba, with numerous Caribbean countries participating for the first time. This year, Cuba, Belize and Uruguay announced their commitments to achieve the Bonn Challenge goals and FLR was discussed as a measure to adapt to the consequences of climate change.