The UN-REDD Programme is the United Nations Collaborative initiative on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD) in developing countries. The Programme was launched 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).
Support to Countries
The Programme currently supports 42 partner countries spanning Africa, Asia-Pacific and Latin America, of which 16 are receiving support to National Programme activities. These 16 countries are: Bolivia, Cambodia, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Ecuador, Indonesia, Nigeria, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, the Philippines, Republic of Congo, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Viet Nam and Zambia. To-date, the UN-REDD Programme’s Policy Board has approved a total of US$59.3 million for National Programmes in these 16 partner countries. These funds help to support the development and implementation of national REDD+ strategies.
- Deforestation affects 13 mln hectares of forest every year, equivalent to the size of a country like Greece.
- In the last forty years only, the Amazon has lost an area equivalent to a country like Turkey (775 000sqm).
- Primary forests account for 36% of forest area, but declined by more than 40 million hectares since 2000.
- Nearly 10 million people work in the field of development and conservation of forests.
- The Amazon rainforest is still home to nearly 30 million people.
- Africa & South America experienced the largest net forest loss. In Africa, it is estimated that more than half of forest loss is due to the extraction of firewood.