A World Bank mission was in Suva recently (April 3-7, 2017) to provide implementation support and review the progress of Fiji’s REDD+ Readiness Preparation Programme funded by the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) and the preparation of the “Reducing Emissions and Enhancing Livelihoods Program” (ERP).
The World Bank's FCPF Readiness Preparation Programme and ERP, focus on reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation, sustainable management of forests, forest conservation and carbon stock enhancement, also known as REDD+, and enhancing the livelihoods of the local communities in Fiji.
The mission was led by Anis Wan (Senior Operations Officer, Task Team Leader) and comprised of Haddy Jatou Sey (Senior Social Development Specialist and co-Task Team Leader), Nina Doetinchem (Senior Natural Resources Management Specialist), David Bruce Whitehead (Senior Financial Management Specialist), and Joan Toledo (Finance Analyst). The mission was supported by Cristiano Costa e Silva Nunes (Senior Procurement Specialist) based in Sydney.
The mission reviewed the overall status of project activities, identified bottlenecks and provided targeted implementation support to improve performance.
The team also reviewed the annual work program and budget and provided technical and other relevant advice in terms of social and environmental safeguards and fiduciary compliance with the relevant World Bank policies.
In addition, the World Bank team provided advice and discussed and agreed on the next steps of the preparation of the Emissions Reduction Programme (ERP) for Fiji.
Some of the FCPF funded Readiness activities include institutional strengthening for REDD+, the development of a REDD+ strategy for Fiji, Strategic Environmental and Social Assessment, development of Environmental and Social Management Framework, establishment of reference emission level and a national Monitoring, Reporting and Verification system, the development of social and environmental safeguard information systems, and a feedback and grievance re-dress mechanism and awareness raising and learning programmes on REDD+. These activities are geared towards preparing Fiji to participate in forest carbon financing mechanisms also known as the ERP.
The World Bank team expressed their appreciation to the Hon. Minister for Forests Osea Naiqamu, Permanent Secretary, Samuela Lagataki and staff from the Ministry of Forests, staff of the Ministry of Economy, National REDD+ Steering Committee, the REDD+ Civil Society Organisation (CSO) Platform, the REDD+ Secretariat and REDD+ Unit for their hospitality and co-operation extended.
Permanent Secretary Ministry of Fisheries and Forests, Samuela Lagataki acknowledged the World Bank team’s visit. He said Fiji is grateful for their continued support to the readiness phase of the FCPF funded Fiji National REDD+ Programme activities.
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