Fiji REDD-plus strategy consultations continue
Thursday, 10 March 2011 16:18

Measuring forest carbon, FijiThe second round of consultations on the development of the Fiji REDD-plus (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation + enhancing and increasing of carbon stocks) strategy was held in Suva, Fiji on Tuesday 08 March 2011. Invited stakeholders from various sectors reviewed the first draft and deliberated on strategic actions necessary for Fiji to implement REDD+ and to allow it to access appropriate financing mechanisms.The REDD-plus strategy was first drafted in a 2-day workshop held in November 2010.

Mr Sairusi Bulai, Forest and Trees Adviser of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community, officially opened the workshop reminding participants of their valuable contributions to allow for the implementation of the national REDD-plus policy. The REDD-plus policy was endorsed by cabinet in December 2010. Mr Bulai praised the commitment of the participants and their sectors for continuing to support the country’s efforts towards REDD-readiness. Most of the participants have been involved since the inception of the REDD-plus programme in 2009.

The main components of the draft strategy conform to policy statements in the national REDD+ policy. These include the development of REDD+ guidelines including carbon trading, the establishment of credible monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) systems, the establishment and implementation of pilots sites to promote a “learning by doing” approach, and strengthening Fiji’s capacity to negotiate on REDD+ issues at the regional and international policy level.

Featured prominently in discussions was the need to put in place structures to ensure equitable benefits accrue to indigenous forest resource owners. Mr Solomone Nata from the Native Lands Trust Board stressed the need to put in place regulatory frameworks and REDD+ guidelines to ensure transparency and good governance of REDD+ projects. Participants also recognised the need to further develop their capacities to better understand the different facets of REDD+ ranging from technical requirements needed to carry out carbon stock assessments to the international policy processes involving REDD+. These issues will be taken on-board in the drafted REDD-plus strategy. Ms Morena Rigamoto, Live and Learn Fiji country manager, requested the support of relevant agencies to develop technical capacities of non-governmental organisations to implement REDD+ projects, making special mention of MRV systems. Agencies to tap with the technical expertise include the Forestry Department, the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) - Applied Geoscience and Technology Division (SOPAC), and the University of the South Pacific – Institute of Applied Sciences.

The development of the Fiji national REDD-plus policy and the current drafting of the Fiji REDD-plus strategy are supported under the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC)/ Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) Regional Programme Coping with Climate Change in the Pacific Island Region. Under this support it is anticipated that Fiji will be REDD-ready by 2012.

The report of the strategy workshop conducted in November 2010 can be downloaded from this link: http://www.spc.int/lrd/index.php?option=com_docman&task=cat_view&gid=211&Itemid=48

Contacts for further information: Mr Samuela Lagataki, Fiji Deputy Conservator of Forests, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; or Ms Christine Fung, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it