SADC REDD Side Event at COP18, Doha

SADC REDD Side Event at COP18, Doha
A side event was organized by Southern African Development Community (SADC) at the COP18 in Doha, with the overall objective to highlight SADC’s position towards the development of a regional approach for REDD and to introduce the SADC REDD MRV Project.

SADC is implementing a project to develop a regional system on MRV for assessment of greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and forest degradation. The project pursues the following objectives:

  • Develop and put into practice IPCC compliant monitoring of carbon stock and emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in 4 selected sites
  • Capacity Development for MRV
  • Foster Regional Knowledge Management
  • Support the development of regional standards for MRV

The project contributes to the implementation of the SADC Support Program on REDD+ 2012-2015 which has been approved by SADC Ministers in 2011.

The Event was officially opened by the SADC Secretariat who presented the history of the SADC REDD Programme, and the fact that it is embedded in the Regional Forest Strategy which has been endorsed by all Member States; additionally the overall vision and goals of the project were provided. GAF AG then as the Project Co-ordinator for the technical component presented the planned activities for developing a regional REDD MRV and achievements thus far. Additionally two of the 4 Pilot Countries – Malawi and Mozambique- also presented the status of their national REDD processes, and how the regional REDD programme would benefit their activities.

The Side Event was well attended and provided a platform for awareness rising of the REDD programme as well as exchange of information on REDD+ in the region.

The project is implemented jointly between SADC Secretariat and German International Cooperation (GIZ) on behalf of the Federal Ministry of the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) as part of their International Climate Initiative.