Agreement on financing and quick-start measures to protect rainforest
Today heads of state and government, ministers and other representatives of some 50 countries concluded an agreement on reducing greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation. Around USD 4,0 billion has been pledged for the period 2010–2012 for measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries.
“Measures to reduce deforestation are the quickest and least expensive way of achieving large emission cuts. At today’s meeting, around 50 countries agreed on a framework for the rapid implementation of measures for reducing deforestation. This could be an important step forward in the run-up to the climate negotiations in Mexico later this year,” said Prime Minister Stoltenberg at the Oslo Climate and Forest Conference.
The global forest partnership that was established in Oslo today marks the start of closer global cooperation on reducing deforestation and forest degradation in tropical developing countries. The partnership will support and contribute to the UNFCCC process. It will also promote transparency around financing and existing and new international initiatives to reduce deforestation and degradation of tropical forests.
“As the host of the next Conference of Parties to the UNFCCC, we wholeheartedly support this initiative. In our view, concrete initiatives where developed and developing countries cooperate on reducing greenhouse gas emissions are essential for the success of the UNFCCC negotiations. We therefore highly value Norway’s leadership in these efforts,” said Mexican Secretary for Environment and Natural Resources, Juan Rafael Elvira Quesada, who was present at the conference.
In addition to heads of state and government and ministers from a number of key countries, the Oslo Conference also brought together the heads of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), representatives of the World Bank and the regional development banks, and representatives of indigenous peoples and civil society. The Prince of Wales and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Wangari Maathai also attended and expressed their strong support for the partnership.
Around 4 billion dollars will be made available for measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, and partners have expressed their willingness to scale up financing substantially after 2012 provided that sufficient emission reductions are achieved. Agreement has been reached on important principles, such as the inclusion of representatives of relevant stakeholders including indigenous peoples. The Partnership efforts will be led by two co-chairs, one from a developing and one from a developed country. The World Bank and UN will provide secretariat services.
In a statement of support, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon thanked Norway for hosting the conference and commended Prime Minister Stoltenberg for his visionary leadership in this field.
Oslo Climate and Forest Conference Co-chairs summary 28052010
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Redd+ Financing and Activities Survey
The REDD+ financing and activities survey is an important initial step towards building a comprehensive picture of existing and planned REDD+ efforts. The survey was sent to developing countries, developed countries, multilateral institutions, and large international organisations that provide on the ground support for REDD+ activities. Thirty-three responses survey responses were submitted, including fifteen from developing countries, ten from developed countries and eight from organisations and multilateral institutions.
Following the establishment of the interim REDD+ partnership at Oslo, countries intend to establish and maintain a voluntary, publicly available database of REDD+ financing, actions and results. The information presented collected through the survey process will provide an initial basis for this database, to be updated and expanded over time.
A survey synthesis report, a compilation of survey responses, as well as individual country and organisation information sheets, can be accessed below.
REDD+ Synthesis report_revised 100610
Compilation of Responses_Part 2 REDD+ Survey_100528.pdf
EMERGING REDD+ PARTNERSHIP PRAISED BY MINISTERS IN PETERSBERG DIALOGUE
The REDD+ Partnership to be established at the Oslo Climate and Forest Conference was very well received by ministers at the ministerial dialogue in Petersberg, Germany on May 2-4.
REDD+ was referred to as a “frontrunner that could provide examples for solutions also on other issues”. Indeed, inspired by the “very successful REDD+ initiative” two similar initiatives on adaptation and mitigation/MRV were launched, which would also be facilitated by partnerships of developed and developing countries. Also in Petersberg, Germany announced that they would spend 30%, i.e. at least Euro 350 million (~USD 450m) of their “fast-start” climate finance on REDD+.