The UN-REDD Programme and the FCPF Project conducted its tenth Project Executive Board Meeting in March 2016 in Phnom Penh. The meeting was co-chaired by H.E. Chheng Kimsun, Director General, Forestry Administration, and Ms. Claire Van der Vaeren, UN Resident Coordinator. The meeting was attended by PEB members from the Forestry Administration, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries; Ministry of Environment; Civil Society Organizations; indigenous peoples; REDD+ Development Partners JICA and FAO.
In her welcome remarks, Ms. Van der Vaeren noted that Cambodia’s REDD+ readiness preparation has achieved key milestones in 2015. She underlined the importance of early endorsement of the National REDD+ Strategy; and submission of the Forest Reference Level to the UNFCCC.
H.E. Chheng Kimsun, in his opening remarks welcomed the contribution of PEB members and development partners in enabling Cambodia to make the transition from readiness to implementation towards the objective of reducing emissions and accessing results based finance. He noted that the Paris Agreement from UNFCCC COP21 provides strong support to REDD+ implementation.
The meeting reviewed progress of the Cambodia REDD+ Programme and emphasized the importance of institutionalization of REDD+ implementation arrangements; enhanced government ownership, including capacity building. The PEB also recommended that outreach to indigenous peoples in Cambodia should be strengthened by translation of selected REDD+ communication materials into major languages of indigenous peoples.
REDD+ Gender Group were invited by National Television of Cambodia to be guest speakers on Gender and REDD+ on June 22, 2015.
The training and joint working session will make an important contribution to the development of a GIS spatial analysis tool to support REDD+ planning, which is being produced through collaboration between the Cambodia REDD+ National Programme and the United Nations Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC).
Participants had the opportunity to review the second draft of National REDD+ Strategy. They had the Gender Checklist while they reviewed the draft NRS. Every two chapters in the NRS were divided for each group discussion.
The 2nd Consultation Workshop on Concept of Gender and REDD+ was organized on May 11-13, Siem Reap Province. The trainees were mainly members of REDD+ Consultation Group including Officials from five provincial Forestry Administrations participated in the workshop.
Participants were divided into five groups to discuss and provide inputs on the scope and scale of REDD+ implementation, the drivers of deforestation and forest degradation, and policies and measures (PAM) to implement REDD+ activities.
Ms. Vong Sophana, Deputy Director General of the Forest Administration highlighted that the Royal Government of Cambodia strongly supports the development and implementation of REDD+ as an option to mitigate the impacts of climate change, reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the forestry sector, contribute to socio-economic development which result in poverty reduction, and promote environmental sustainability.
Over 70 participants joined the Consultation Meeting on Cambodia’s National REDD+ Strategy, May 20-21 2015.
On April 24, 2015, FAO’s National Consultant for National Forest Monitoring System Database for Cambodia, Mr. La Veda, conducted on-job training on NFMS Spatial Database Development Training Series for the Government Officials, from Forestry Administration and Ministry of Environment.
A total of 45 professionals participated in the workshop representing the four REDD+ Technical Teams from the ministries.
Welcome to Cambodia REDD+
Deforestation and forest degradation contribute to increasing concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere which leads to climate change. Cambodia is participating in international efforts to mitigate climate change and reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation while also pursuing other national goals for society and the environment. This website provides a “one-step” site to access all information about REDD+ in Cambodia.