With US$6.2 million in funding from Norway’s Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad), Ghana and Mexico are the first of four countries to kick off activities under IUCN’s “Advancing REDD+” project, which focuses on mobilizing private investment for community-based, carbon-intensive landscape restoration.
Inception workshops held in Ghana and Mexico over the past month have initiated national-level activities under IUCN’s new REDD+ project, entitled “Advancing REDD+: Mobilising private investment for community-based, carbon-intensive landscape restoration”.
The aim of this three-year project is to establish practical examples of “community-private sector” partnerships that will make the case for scaling up of landscape restoration activities, consistent with national REDD+ strategies in Brazil, Ghana, Guatemala and Mexico. The project capitalises on growing interest in landscape restoration, and will facilitate strategic cooperation between private investors and land managers in these four countries, where interest and potential capacity already exist.
Project activities are centred around filling critical knowledge gaps and providing capacity for implementing landscape restoration as early REDD+ actions; mobilising partnerships to identify opportunities, pilot and scale up investments in carbon intensive landscapes; and communicating experiences and learning to local, national and international practitioners and policy makers.
“Embracing the potential of forest landscape restoration to enhance forest carbon stocks will be key to the success of REDD+ strategies. When integrated into REDD+ planning, forest landscape restoration offers Ghana, and other REDD+ countries, an effective responses to climate change,” said Adewale Adeleke, IUCN’s REDD Forest Governance Thematic Coordinator in Ghana, at Ghana’s inception workshop in June.
Brazil, Guatemala, Mexico, and Ghana have already, or are in the process of identifying specific opportunities related to REDD+ and restoration, and are open to actively seeking and encouraging community-private sector investments. The pilot landscapes within these countries are expected to be among the following regions:
Brazil: Mata Atlantica eco-region-- Activities will expand and build upon IUCN’s established relationship with the Mata Atlantica Restoration Pact and the ongoing initiatives of the partners within this eco-region.
Guatemala: Highlands, Lachua eco-region, northern Guatemala-- IUCN was the first international organization to support Guatemala’s early REDD-readiness activities, including pilot activities in this landscape.
Mexico: Oaxaca State and Quintana Roo-- IUCN has been working with government and civil society to better direct current restoration incentives by aligning these with the national REDD+ strategy.
Ghana: Wassa Amenfi district-- This national REDD+ pilot site and IUCN’s ongoing contribution to the Forest Investment Programme (FIP) process in Ghana will provide the basis for project activities.