UN-REDD Programme Board Holds Fourth Meeting

26 March 2010: The UN-REDD Programme Policy Board met for its fourth meeting from 18-19 March 2010, in Nairobi, Kenya, and approved US$14.7 million in funding for national UN-REDD programmes in Bolivia, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Zambia. This decision brings the total amount of funding for UN-REDD national programmes to US$48.3 million.

The Board also approved an additional US$3.8 million for global programme activities that would fund measurement, reporting and verification (MRV) activities, and support indigenous peoples/civil society engagement on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, including conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks (REDD+). Participants at the meeting heard updates on national programme progress since the last board meeting in October 2o09, and discussed the Programme's evolving strategy document. The Policy Board requested that the UN-REDD Programme and the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) of the World Bank integrate Policy Board meetings and the FCPF Participant/Committee Assembly meetings, and that the UN and World Bank systems  further coordinate delivery mechanisms to REDD+ countries.

In her closing remarks, Nobel Laureate Professor Wangari Maathai welcomed the collaboration between the UN and the World Bank, and emphasized "the need to manage these [REDD+] resources with a responsible and transparent approach.” [UN-REDD Programme Press Release]