The United Nations Collaborative Initiative on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD) in developing countries is known as ‘UN-REDD Programme’. The programme is supporting nationally led REDD+ initiatives in 64 developing countries. It enables the activation and full scale implementation of REDD+ processes and promotes the informed and meaningful involvement of all stakeholders, including Indigenous Peoples and other forest dependent communities, in its partner countries. Guided by principles of country ownership and leadership, the Programme provides technical advice on ways to address deforestation and forest degradation, methods and tools for measuring and monitoring greenhouse gas emissions and forest carbon flows. It promotes REDD+ financing as an opportunity to develop low-carbon growth and helps countries access financial and technical support.
The Programme was launched in 2008 to assist developing countries prepare and implement national REDD+ strategies, and builds on the convening power and expertise of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). As a signatory to both the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC, in 1992) and the Kyoto Protocol (1997), Bangladesh is fully aware of the causes and potential impacts of climate change. Since Bangladesh became a partner country of the UN-REDD Programme in August 2010, the country has quickly taken steps to start implementing REDD+ readiness activities. The National Programme Document (NPD) of the UN-REDD Bangladesh National Programme was signed by MOEF and ERD on May 2015 and the project was approved on June, 2016.
The overall goal of the Bangladesh UN-REDD National Programme (NP) is to support the Government of Bangladesh (GoB) to initiate the implementation of its REDD+ Readiness Roadmap by establishing necessary REDD+ management processes, identifying strategic readiness options for completing its National REDD+ strategy, and developing the capacities required to begin implementation of REDD+, through full and effective participation of stakeholders.
Project Objective: The overall objective of the national programme is to support the Government of Bangladesh in initiating the implementation of its REDD+ Readiness Roadmap (i.e., R-PP) by: establishing necessary REDD+ management processes, identifying strategic readiness options for completing its National REDD+ strategy, and developing the capacities required to begin implementation of REDD+.
Project Duration: The 3 years length project started in May 2015 and will continue up to April 2018.
Project Targets: During this period, the project will target to achieve the following 4 outcomes and number of outputs under each:-
OUTCOME 1: IMPROVED STAKEHOLDER AWARENESS AND EFFECTIVE STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT
Output 1.1: Public Awareness Raised
Output 1.2: Consultation and Participation Plan
OUTCOME 2: NATIONAL REDD+ STRATEGY PREPARATION SUPPORTED
Output 2.1: Strengthen legal, policy and legislative framework for REDD+
Output 2.2: Drivers of deforestation and forest degradation identified
Output 2.3: Detailed understanding on the priority drivers of deforestation and forest degradation
Output 2.4: REDD+ strategies to address drivers of deforestation and forest degradation
Output 2.5: Operationalising REDD+ implementation
Output 2.6: Transparent system for national level management of REDD+ finances in place
Output 2.7: Transparent system for local distribution of REDD+ incentives
OUTCOME 3: PREPARATION OF NATIONAL FOREST REFERENCE EMISSION LEVEL (REL) AND/OR FOREST REFERENCE LEVEL (RL) SUPPORTED
Output 3.1: Capacities for the development of Reference Emission Level strengthened
Output 3.2: National circumstances and historical data considered for RELs/RLs
Output 3.3: RELs/RLs tested
OUTCOME 4: ESTABLISHMENT OF NATIONAL FOREST MONITORING SYSTEM SUPPORTED
Output 4.1: Capacities to implement the GHG inventory for the forest sector strengthened
Output 4.2: Integrated forest information system developed
Achievement towards Outcome 1 and 2 will be facilitated by UNDP and for the same for Outcome 3 & 4 will be facilitated by FAO. The National Programme will also benefit from implementation of associated on-going projects of USAID, GIZ, World Bank, and UNDP. It is envisioned that achievement of the outcomes will pave the way for result based implementation phase (II) of REDD. Budgetary allocation: Total budget is USD 2,300,500 of which UNDP USD 1,230,500 and FAO USD 1,070,000
Project Management Structure:
National Implementing Partner: The Forest Department (FD) of the MoEF is the lead Implementing Partner for the UN-REDD Bangladesh National Programme. A National Project Director (NPD) leads the project with support from Programme Management Unit (PMU).
Programme Management Unit (PMU): The day to day management of UN-REDD Bangladesh National Programme is led by PMU under the leadership of National Programme Director (NPD). PMU regularly reports to REDD Cell. The PMU based at FD develops Annual Work Plan (AWP) (in close collaboration with FAO and UNDP) and implements the work plan. Key staff members of the PMU: link
Programme Executive Board (PEB): The principal function of PEB is to approve annual and quarterly plans, budgets and semi-annual and annual reports, and to ensure the delivery of the intended results. The PEB is composed of 0 members. The Secretary of MoEF and the United Nations Resident Coordinator are the Co-chairs. Additional Secretary of MOEF, Chief Conservator of Forests, Country Director of UNDP, FAO Representative, National REDD+ Focal Point, National Project Director for UN-REDD Bangladesh; a representative of civil society organizations (CSOs) and a representative of indigenous peoples (IPs) are among other members. Link: GO
National Steering Committee: The National REDD+ Steering Committee (RSC) has a mandate to provide overall guidance, direction including on matters related to cross-sectoral and inter-agency coordination and collaboration between all REDD+ relevant initiatives, supported by various development partners and national institutions, including the UN-REDD Programme in order to attain REDD+ Readiness in a cost-effective and coherent manner.
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