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Minister calls for more engagement in forestry

REDD+ is a global mitigation initiative under the United Nations Framework Conventions on Climate Change [UNFCCC] to fight climate change. Considered as the most inexpensive means of addressing climate change problems through emission reduction by sources and emission removals by sinks. In the Regional Inception Workshop for REDD+ and Forest Conservation in the Pacific Islands […]

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February 8, 2016 10:18 am

REDD+ is a global mitigation initiative under the United Nations Framework Conventions on Climate Change [UNFCCC] to fight climate change.

Considered as the most inexpensive means of addressing climate change problems through emission reduction by sources and emission removals by sinks.

In the Regional Inception Workshop for REDD+ and Forest Conservation in the Pacific Islands Countries, Minister for Fisheries and Forests, Hon. Osea Naiqamu welcomed regional participants and expressed the need to to assist in forest development.

I sincerely hope that you will be able to contribute and share ideas that will assist in shaping the way forward for regional forest sector development in the areas of REDD+ and Forest Conservation.
The importance of Forests is now being recognised and elevated significantly in the international negotiation and action around climate change, especially the role of forests in climate change mitigation and adaptation.

The forest has a regulatory function that has a profound effect on both the local and global climate.

Under the Fiji Forest Policy, the Forestry Department is tasked to cooperate with other public agencies, national and international NGOs in attracting bilateral and multilateral assistance for partnership within the framework of Climate Change.

Minister of Fisheries and Forests, Naiqamu said that Fiji received $UD3.6million grant from the Forest Carbon Partnership.

In 2015, Fiji received the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility [FCPF] grant of $US3.6million for its readiness program and we are hoping to be ready to receive potential Emission Reduction [ER] result based incentive after the preparation phase which will end by 2019.

Fiji is hoping that by 2020 we are in the position to receive result based payment through the Carbon Fund mechanisms.

Naiqamu said that development in Fiji’s Forest Emission Level, Monitoring Reporting and Verification, Strategic Environmental and social assessment was needed despite the grant 0f $US3,6million.

This may be good news for Fiji, however, it also brings in new challenges since a lot of work needs to be done.

We will have to develop our Forest Reference Emission Level, Monitoring Reporting and Verification, Strategic Environmental and social Assessment. We will also need to determine our national ER programs that will contribute to Fijis ER ambition.

Naiqamu said the need to engage with NGO’s, CSO’s and CBO’s, regional and international developmentĀ partners and academia and other government agencies.

This is also important as most of the drivers are from outside of the forest sector and so we need to ensure that effective changes will be made through their engagement with the program.
The Fijian Government is also providing fund to support the administration of the REDD+ program as well as to support pilot site development and we hope to continue to secure predictable financing from both government as well as bilateral and multilateral arrangement in the future. This is highly relevant if we are to progress forward with our ER ambition.

The Minister for Fisheries and Forests acknowledged the involvement of Fiji’s regional development partner SPC/GIZ in supporting the regional Forestry REDD+ implementation regarding capacity building as well providing targeted analytical work that will strengthen the development of the national REDD+ program.

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