Papua New Guinea (PNG) has one of the most significant areas of largely-intact tropical forest in the world, although these forests appear to face acute and imminent threats. Forests are 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. The Papua New Guinea Forest Authority (PNGFA) estimates that approximately 60% of the total area of the country is covered by natural forests, of which 52% are considered production forests (for timber and other products), and 48% are for conservation (not for timber extraction due to inaccessibility or ecological constraints).

Papua New Guinea has played a leading role in advancing the REDD+ agenda under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Subsequently, the United Nations Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (UN-REDD Programme) was formed in September 2008 to assist developing countries, including PNG, to build capacity to participate in a future REDD+ mechanism. The UN-REDD Programme builds on the convening role and technical expertise of its three participating UN organizations: the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).  

The PNG UN-REDD Programme is jointly implemented by the Office of Climate Change and Development (OCCD) and the PNG Forest Authority (PNGFA)


To support PNG’s commitment in achieving low-carbon economic growth and carbon neutrality by 2050 under the PNG Government’s Vision 2050 Pillar: Environmental Sustainability and Climate Change. The PNG UN-REDD Programme has identified five integrated work areas as priorities to support the national readiness process and the development and implementation of a national REDD+ strategy, with an emphasis on the development of a Measurement, Reporting and Verification (MRV) system:

1: Readiness management arrangements in place

2: National MRV System developed

3: Historical drivers of deforestation assessed

4: Monitoring of abatement concepts supported

5: Stakeholders engaed in REDD+ rediness process

Project Information

Area:                                  Environment, Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management

UN-REDD:                            USD 6,388,884,000 (2011-2013)

Implementing Partner(S):       Office of Climate Change & Development

Participating Agencies:            United Nations Development Programme, United Nations                       Environmental Programme & Food & Agriculture                                             Organisation of the United Nation


The last quarter of 2013 will focus on the preparation of National Guidelines on Free, Prior and Informed Consent (EPIC); Benefit Sharing Distribution Systems (BSDS), Social and Environmental Safeguards and Finalizing the National Forest Inventory (FFI) design.




Project start date:

January 2009

Estimated end date:

December 2020

Focus area:

  • accelerate structural transformations
  • Project office:

    UNDP in Papua New Guinea

    Implementing partner:

    United Nations Development Programme

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    Funding Support by

    Donor name

  • Australian Agency For International Development (ausaid)
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  • World Food Programme
  • Undp As Administrative Agent For A Joint Programme Pass Through Arrangement
  • Peacebuilding Fund
  • Amount contributed


    Delivery in previous fiscal year

    2020 $668

    2019 $108,353

    2018 -$415,048

    2017 $14,685

    2016 $121,195

    2015 $606,030

    2014 $656,375

    2013 $560,769

    2012 $179,425

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