Canopy :: Issue 2, 2014  

US$60 million proposal for Congo's largest-ever forest carbon emissions reduction project submitted to World
Bank Carbon Fund


In a major step forward, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has submitted an Emissions Reductions Program Idea Note (ER-PIN) to the World Bank-managed Carbon Fund of the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF), entering the pipeline to unlock US$60 million in emissions reductions payments. DRC's project will be the first jurisdictional-scale REDD+ programme in Africa, covering 12.5 million hectares of land -- including approximately 9.2 million hectares of forest and three million hectares of mixed agricultural lands and savannah. 

Greetings from WWF's global Forest and Climate Programme, and thank you for subscribing to Canopy. In this issue, we highlight people working across the globe in REDD+, and  bring you the latest REDD+ events, learning tools and information from WWF's global Forest and Climate Programme team.
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WWF elected to be the next northern country Civil Society Observer at the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility


WWF has been elected as the next northern country Civil Society Observer (CSO) at the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF).




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Paraguay presents its first countrywide forest carbon map


WWF-Paraguay, along with support from Japan Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute (FFPRI), has recently concluded work on the first-ever forest cover and forest carbon maps for the country. These maps represent a milestone toward the development of the MRV system and reference levels by providing accurate estimation (tier 2 level) of carbon density for forests in the Atlantic and Chaco regions.





WWF collaborates with UN-REDD Programme on new 'REDD+ Academy'


The UN-REDD Programme is working on the development of a REDD+ capacity development initiative that will match the scale of the global climate change mitigation challenge. This "REDD+ Academy" will enable systematic, focused capacity development to deliver REDD+ on the ground.




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WWF welcomes APRIL Sustainable Forest Management Policy


WWF has cautiously welcomed a Sustainable Forest Management Policy (SFMP) launched today by Asia Pacific Resources International Ltd (APRIL), noting that a commitment to support forest conservation areas equal in size to its plantations sets a new standard for the pulp and paper industry in Indonesia.




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New report serves as a call to action on International Day of Forests


Building Natural Capital: How REDD+ Can Support a Green Economy, a report released to coincide with the International Day of Forests by the International Resource Panel (IRP) and the UN- REDD Programme, and including input from WWF Forest and Climate Programme experts, outlines how integrating REDD+ programmes into a Green Economy approach can conserve and even boost the economic and social benefits forests provide to human society.




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WWF engaged civil society for sustainable development in the Heart of Borneo


WWF-Indonesia, WWF-Malaysia and the Alliance of the Indigenous Peoples of the Highlands of Borneo (FORMADAT) recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), to forge a stronger and more formal partnership with a community organization in the Heart of Borneo (HoB).




WWF Forest and Climate Programme learning sessions are free and are designed to leverage and share REDD+ knowledge and expertise.


Click here to watch an archived learning session or to register for an upcoming webinar.


Learning Session 21: Supplementing REDD+ with Biodiversity Payments

In this webinar, Jonah Busch, research fellow at the Center for Global Development, discusses how an international REDD+ mechanism can be used to make payments for forests' biodiversity as well as carbon emission reductions.

Learning Session 20: National and Subnational Legal Frameworks for REDD+


In this presentation, John Costenbader of Climate Focus discusses policy, law and regulatory elements necessary for successful design and implementation of REDD+. He focuses his remarks first on purely national frameworks and then considers legal issues relevant to subnational or "nested" REDD+ opportunities.

Learning Session 19: Environmental Service Incentives in the State of Acre, Brazil


In this webinar, Anthony Anderson, Senior Specialist in Forests and Climate at WWF-Brazil, discusses the design and early institutional structure of ISA Carbon and identifies its strengths and challenges, based on a report recently released in English and Portuguese titled Environmental service incentives in the state of Acre, Brazil: Lessons for policies, programmes and strategies for jurisdiction-wide REDD+. Anthony also shares insights for the design of other national and subnational REDD+ mechanisms around the world.

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Interview with Hermine Kleymann, Programme Officer for REDD+ Policy

Hermine Kleymann is a Programme Officer for REDD+ Policy. She works on international policy with a regional emphasis on the Congo Basin. 

Courtesy IISD

Interview with
Victor Kabengele Wa Kadilu


REDD+ National Coordinator for the National REDD Coordination Committee (CN-REDD) in the Democratic Republic of Congo

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The blackbuck is the only living species of the genus Antilope and is native to the Indian Subcontinent. This hoofed animal, known locally in Nepal as "krishnasar", was once abundant, but populations have been greatly reduced through excessive hunting and loss of habitat due to agricultural development.



The community of REDD+ practitioners and experts from around the world grows every day, and WWF's global Forest and Climate Programme is working to ensure that the capacity building and informational materials it produces are available to the most diverse audience possible.

Estimando los stocks de carbono forestal tropical a partir de información de inventario existente


This updated guide provides REDD+ practitioners with the information they need to develop national and subnational REDD+ strategies. The new version features additional chapters on stakeholder engagement and REDD+ registries, new REDD+ country profiles, an expanded glossary and an updated resource section.



WWF REDD+ Country Profiles


These REDD+ Country Profiles have been developed in partnership with the WWF Forest and Climate Programme, WWF-Germany and WWF national offices. Profiles are currently available for Bolivia, Cameroon, Colombia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Mexico, Nepal, Peru and Vietnam.



Free, Prior and Informed Consent and REDD+: Guidelines and Resources


This working paper presents resources and guidelines for the concept of free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) as related to REDD+.



Building REDD+ for People and Nature: from lessons learned across Indonesia, Peru and the Democratic Republic of Congo to a new vision for REDD+


Now available in Bahasa, English, French and Spanish. WWF's report Building REDD+ for People and Nature: from lessons learned across Indonesia, Peru and the Democratic Republic of Congo to a new vision for REDD+ shares the impacts, challenges, lessons learned and trends that emerged from this work, and reflects on these to inform a new vision for REDD+.



WWF Guide to Building REDD+ Strategies: A toolkit for REDD+ practitioners around the globe


Now available in Bahasa. This guide provides REDD+ practitioners with the information needed to develop national and subnational REDD+ strategies. It draws on the experiences of WWF's international REDD+ project teams and their partners, the latest literature on REDD+ practices, and emerging REDD+ best practices around the world.



Living Forests Report
Chapter 3: Forests & Climate


Now available in Bahasa. WWF's Living Forests Report has introduced four future scenarios to explore the feasibility and implications of stopping runaway deforestation and degradation of the world's remaining natural forests. In chapter three of the report, we look specifically at the scenarios' consequences for the climate and future carbon emissions.



REDD+ Inspiring Practices


WWF's REDD+ Inspiring Practices capture the valuable knowledge and experiences from our REDD+ efforts than can help us improve, replicate and scale up our work. Developing each is a participatory process, often involving several people involved in the work. They are a tool that can help realize a REDD+ mechanism that successfully benefits people and nature.



Why are the Sustainable Development Goals important? How do forests fit into the next global development framework? CIFOR Director General Peter Holmgren explains.

This short video describes the UN-REDD Programme and UNDP's 18-month project on "Strengthening indigenous peoples' capacities for their informed participation in the design and implementation of a REDD+ mechanism in Peru".



WWF's international 
Forest and Climate Programme is working to ensure that:
Conservation of tropical forests as carbon stores is secured by green economic development that benefits people, the climate and biodiversity in transformational ways.

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On the importance of delivering a draft 2015 climate deal in Lima:

"People must understand that the standing forest has value, and rewarding ecosystem services can lead to a change in behaviour; the issues are complex but we have clear strategies to tackle them." 


-- Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, Environment Minister, Peru




On the Bonn climate meeting:

"We are at the highest level of greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere for the last 800,000 years, and we have not yet started to bend that curve back down again -- this is the urgency of the challenge."  


-- Christiana Figueres, UNFCCC Executive Secretary




On WWF's work in conservation programmes in Forest Carbon Partnership Facility countries:

"The next two years will be a critical time for the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) and its efforts to support forest countries to build their capacity for REDD+ activities, create a portfolio of pilot pay-for-performance programmes at the Carbon Fund, and test ways to enhance livelihoods of local communities and conserve biodiversity."  


-- Lloyd Gamble, REDD+ Multilateral Lead, WWF




On reaching the 2020 global climate target:

"The stepping stone of the 2020 global target can still be achieved by strengthening current pledges and further action, including scaling up international cooperation initiatives in areas such as energy efficiency, fossil fuel subsidy reform, renewable energy, forestry and REDD+."
-- Achim Steiner, UN Under-Secretary-General and UNEP Executive Director

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FCP Communications

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