Fiji has been allocated a grant of up to US$3.8mil to support REDD+ readiness efforts in the country.
REDD+ is an initiative that encourages developing countries to contribute to greenhouse gas emission reductions by reducing deforestation, forest degradation and by promoting forest conservation, sustainable management of forests and increasing forest carbon stocks.
Amongst others, the grant will support a more informed participation of stakeholders (especially local communities) in REDD+, the development of instruments to ensure optimal benefits for resource owners and the better monitoring of Fiji’s forests.
The resolution passed at the 16th meeting of participants committee of the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) saw Fiji included as a REDD+ country in the FCPF and allocated a readiness preparation grant of up to US$3.8mil for a 4-year phase. The funds were granted after a rigorous review process of REDD+ readiness preparation proposals (RPPs) submitted by 11 countries. Fiji was one of the 8 countries to successfully meet the requirements for funding.
The FCPF management team praised Fiji’s proposal as of the highest quality with the proposal coming in the top 3 of the 11 submitted. The lead expert reviewer of the Fiji RPP, Mr Jayant Sathaye, congratulated Fiji on a well written and coherent proposal. The Fiji RPP was drafted through extensive stakeholder consultations involving officers from various sectors and agencies.
The head of Fiji’s delegation to the Geneva meeting, the Permanent Secretary of Fisheries and Forests, Inoke Wainiqolo, expressed his appreciation to the Facility for accepting Fiji into the FCPF and confirmed the commitment of the Government of Fiji in the implementation of the REDD readiness proposal.
The Fijian Government has been allocating FJD300,000 per year for REDD+ efforts in the country since 2012. The Fiji national REDD+ programme is supported by the SPC (Secretariat of the Pacific Community)/GIZ (German Agency for International Cooperation) programmes.
For more information, please contact the Fiji National REDD+ focal point, Mr Eliki Senivasa, Deputy Conservator of Forests (Services): email@example.com
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