UN-REDD Releases Symposium Report on REDD+ in the Green Economy

REDD and GE symposium report final13 August 2013: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN-REDD), in collaboration with the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), the UN Office for REDD+ Coordination in Indonesia (UNORCID), the Government of Indonesia and other partners, has released the report of the Global Symposium on REDD+ in a Green Economy.

Overall, the report notes that REDD+ could catalyze progress towards a green economy, while activities to move towards a green economy may stimulate additional investments in REDD+. According to the publication, the extent of the synergy between REDD+ and a green economy will depend on country commitments and the level of ambition in transitioning towards them.

The report suggests that the move to a green economy can provide increased certainty and promote private sector investments in REDD+, frame REDD+ as a development tool, and promote cross-sectoral coordination in support of both REDD+ and sustainable development.

It calls for a broader focus on private sector engagement in REDD+, more information on practical ways and means that REDD+ and a green economy transition can be mutually reinforcing, and public sector action to shift incentives currently driving deforestation.

The Symposium was held in Jakarta, Indonesia, from 19-21 June 2013. [Publication: REDD+ in a Green Economy – Global Symposium Report]