Papua New Guinea takes steps to develop National REDD+ Strategy to protect its forests
Port-Moresby, February 16, 2016 - The Climate Change and Development Authority in close collaboration with UN Development Programme and PNG Forest Authority hosted a Project Executive Board Meeting to discuss the plans of the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility Readiness (FCPF) project, which seeks to foster conservation, sustainable management of forests, and enhance forest carbon stocks of Papua New Guinea (REDD+).
The meeting was attended by project board members and key project partners from the Government, international development partners, civil society and public sector dealing with REDD+ activities in the country.
Mr. Joe Pokana, Acting Managing Director of the Climate Change and Development Authority opened the meeting: “Today’s Project Board Meeting is aimed to provide overall guidance for the project through review and approval of the Project’s Annual Work Plan and Budget; provision of advice; ensuring better coordination among agencies and key sectors as well as ensuring its consistency with national policies and priorities.” – said Mr. Pokana.
Mr. Hisashi Izumi, Head of Programme at UNDP in Papua New Guinea noted: “UNDP in Papua New Guinea has been partnering with the Government in the areas of climate change adaptation and mitigation. PNG has demonstrated its commitment to advocate for REDD+: the recent inclusion of a separate Article 5 on REDD+ under the UNFCCC would not have been possible without active participation of the PNG Government delegation strongly advocating the REDD+ agenda. UNDP is ready to continue our support to this important work.”
The FCPF REDD+ Readiness Project is a continuation of the UN-REDD project led by Climate change and development Authority, PNG Forest Authority, Food Agricultural Organization, UNEP and UNDP. The project finished in 2015 and laid out foundation for implementing further REDD+ activities. The new FCPF REDD+ Readiness Project will build on that progress and work on enhancing capacity of the country for efficient management of REDD+ and the National REDD+ Strategy.
Mr. Goodwill Amos, Acting Managing Director of PNG Forest Authority, has also acknowledged the importance of REDD+ Readiness efforts in the country and emphasized that FCPF project can significantly contribute to manage valuable forest resources through development of a National REDD+ strategy.
Since its inception last year, the project has established a Project Management Unit within CCDA, conducted capacity building workshops on increasing awareness on REDD+ elements and the potential national REDD+ strategy, undertook an assessment of national circumstances and drivers of deforestation and more.
“A transforming ideas from “project driven” to “policy approach” will be a core element under the FCPF project. This approach will ensure country’s leadership and ownership to effectively manage REDD+ in a transparent, coherent and participatory manners that would lead to sustainable growth in PNG” - noted Mr. Mirzohaydar Isoev, FCPF Technical Advisor.
The Project Board members approved the project’s inception report and annual work plan for 2016 and wished successful implementation of the project in the upcoming years.
The new FCPF REDD+ Readiness Project will give a unique opportunity to generate high-level support for REDD+ in Papua New Guinea, enhance awareness among government ministries, provinces, communities and other stakeholders on forest conservation.
The project is implemented with the financial support of the World Bank’s FCPF with total budget of USD 3.8 million for four years (2015 – 2018).
ABOUT Forest Carbon Partnership Facility:
The Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) is a global partnership of governments, businesses, civil society, and Indigenous Peoples focused on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, forest carbon stock conservation, the sustainable management of forests, and the enhancement of forest carbon stocks in developing countries (activities commonly referred to as REDD+).
The four strategic objectives of the FCPF:
· To assist countries in their REDD+ efforts by providing them with financial and technical assistance in building their capacity to benefit from possible future systems of positive incentives for REDD+.
· To pilot a performance-based payment system for REDD+ activities, with a view to ensuring equitable benefit sharing and promoting future large-scale positive incentives for REDD+.
· Within the approach to REDD+, to test ways to sustain or enhance livelihoods of local communities and to conserve biodiversity.
· To disseminate broadly the knowledge gained in the development of the Facility and the implementation of Readiness Preparation Proposals (RPPs) and Emission Reductions Programs (ERPs).