Papua New Guinea (PNG) has one of the most significant areas of largely-intact tropical forest in the world, although these forests appear to be facing acute and imminent threats. Forests are also a vital resource for the local population particularly in the remote rural areas of PNG, providing food, fibre, building materials, and support a variety of wildlife and ecosystem services.
A mechanism for Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+) being developed through the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) provides an opportunity to support PNG’s efforts to reduce levels of deforestation and help to maintain and protect its natural forest.
PNG has been a leading proponent of REDD+ at the international level and has made significant progress towards developing the capacity to engage in an international mechanism on REDD+. This progress has initially been supported by the UN-REDD Programme and is now being aided by the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) through a project that will run until the end of 2020.
The project aims to contribute to the development of PNG’s capacity to design a sound national REDD+ strategy, develop and sustain national readiness management arrangements, develop the REDD+ implementation framework, and assess potential social and environmental impacts from REDD+ so that, by 2018, PNG is ready to implement policies and measures to reduce emissions enhance removals of GHGs from its forests under the UNFCCC REDD+ mechanism.
- Capacities exist for effective and efficient management of REDD+, including full and effective participation of all relevant stakeholders.
- The National REDD+ Strategy
Budget: USD$3.8 million
- The key success of the FCPF Project is the development of PNG’s National REDD+ Strategy 2017-2027 and its endorsement by the National Executive Council in May 2017 (NEC Decision №126.2017). The strategy provides a framework of actions to be carried out by government, communities and the private sector to help manage the country’s forests while also helping to develop rural economies;
- Along with the strategy, The National Executive Council (NEC) approved the National REDD+ Steering Committee (NRSC), a high-level, cross-sectoral coordination and decision-making body for REDD+ development and implementation in PNG, chaired by CCDA.
- More than 80 cross-sectoral consultations, including sector-based retreats, face-to-face consultations as well as capacity building trainings with participation of over 600 representatives from the relevant agencies and sectors to discuss the NRS was carried out by the project;
- Supported Technical Working Committees (TWCs) on the NRS, Safeguards and MRV, led by CCDA. The TWCs served as multi-stakeholder technical and advisory forums to contribute to the development and implementation of the NRS by providing feedback, sharing information, and increasing policy dialogue and collaboration;
- The PNG REDD+ Communications and Knowledge Management Strategy (PNGRCKM) 2017-2018 was developed to support PNG’s REDD+ readiness efforts by enhancing communication and knowledge management with all relevant stakeholders on REDD+ and enhance their capacity to implement REDD+ in PNG.
Chief Technical Advisor, +675 3212877, email@example.com