On March 26, GGGI, the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility and UNREDD Programs supported by the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development, inaugurated the National REDD+ Roundtable. Close to 80 participants representing government agencies, development partners, NGOs, indigenous peoples and private sector attended the launch.
The Roundtable has been conceived as an information, dialogue and coordination platform to promote climate mitigation and forests conservation through REDD approaches, under the REDD+ National Strategy. It will support the definition of a roadmap map in the fight against deforestation including ” the most important issue on the national agenda: peace in territories where forests will be major players, ” said Carlos Alberto Botero López, Vice Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development
In this first meeting of the National REDD+ Roundtable, the discussion centered on in the implementation of the Joint Declaration of Intent between the governments of Colombia and Germany, Norway and Great Britain to reduce deforestation, where GGGI plays an important role as coordinator, delegated by the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development.
This first National REDD+ Roundtable has triggered a participatory multi-stakeholder dialogue and action plan to unify efforts of regional and group specific processes. This should contribute to enhancing forests governance in the country in order to combat deforestation as the main Greenhouse Gas Emissions source, adding efforts to curb deforestation rates by 25% by 2018 and at the same time strengthen the forest governance structure in the country.
GGGI is also a key partner in the Government of Colombia’s Amazon Vision program, which aims to achieve zero net deforestation by 2020, and deliver sustainable, low-carbon, inclusive growth in Colombia’s Amazon forests.
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