Regional Policy Framework for REDD+
SPC and GIZ have supported the development of a Regional REDD+ Policy:
After outlining the contents in the 2011 Regional Forestry Technical Meeting, and following a multi-sectorial and multi-stakeholder consultation process in the region, a Pacific Islands Regional Policy Framework for REDD+ was endorsed at the 3rd Ministers of Agriculture and Forestry (MOAF) conference in September 2012 in Nadi, Fiji.
The framework is designed to provide policy options to guide REDD+ programme development at the regional and national scale, and to provide a rationale for financial support for the sustainable management and use of forest and tree resources.
Regional REDD+ Information and Support
The endorsed and operational 'Regional REDD+ Information and Support Platform' provides web-based basic information on REDD+ and related forest management activities in the Pacific, serves for knowledge transfer and the exchange of lessons learned.
Support structures on regional level also benefit smaller countries in various areas like training and exchange of expertise. Targeted capacity development for different stakeholder groups are continued.
National REDD+ Readiness
The project is supporting the REDD+ programmes in the four Melanesian countries with larger forest areas: Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.
In co-ordination with other donors, SPC/GIZ supports different areas such as forest monitoring and carbon stock assessment, forest carbon ownership and equitable benefit sharing as well as free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) of resource owners. Project priorities include determining national reference levels for greenhouse gas emissions caused by deforestation and forest degradation, forest carbon accounting, property rights and compliance with social and environmental standards.
After participatory pilot site selection, implementation of demonstration activities has started in these four Melanesian states.
The regional components of the project cover all 14 SPC member countries and territories in the Pacific, which are parties to the UNFCCC. Support for national REDD+ programs focuses on the four Melanesian countries with larger forest area: Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Island and Vanuatu.