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UN-REDD Launches Report on Lessons Learned from Africa

29 October 2012: At its 9th Policy Board meeting, the UN Collaborative Programme on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries (UN-REDD) launched a publication titled "Lessons Learned: Africa."

The report introduces the 16 UN-REDD partner countries in Africa, and discusses regional specific opportunities and challenges arising from reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation and the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks in developing countries (REDD+).

It highlights the need to: extend REDD+ knowledge and dialogue beyond policy makers to include all relevant stakeholders; and build a solid institutional framework for REDD+ that promotes coordination and cooperation. The report emphasizes the importance of integrating REDD+ into sustainable development such that the environmental and social benefits from REDD+ can be maximized while the risks are minimized.

The reports presents case studies and examples drawn from the UN-REDD portfolio in Africa, which supports activities totaling US$24 million in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Nigeria, Republic of Congo, Tanzania and Zambia. [Publication: Lessons Learned: Africa]