A collaborative programme between Cambodia, FAO, UNDP and UNEP
Purpose of Project
The programme aims to enable Cambodia to be ready for REDD+ implementation, including development of necessary institutions, policies and capacity. It would help Cambodia to recognize biodiversity conservation co-benefit and to achieve its national target of maintaining 60% forest cover, which is a key indicator for the Cambodia Millennium Development Goal 7. It would also align with the National Forest Programme which aims to develop and manage forests to ensure the sustainable benefits for improving livelihoods, environmental services and overall economic development.
The programme will undertake the following activities:
- Establish National REDD+ Readiness Coordination Mechanism which consists of multi-government agencies
- Support National REDD+ Readiness process by establishing Taskforce Secretariat and REDD+ Advisory Group
- Encourage stakeholders’ engagement from civil society, non-governmental organizations and private sector in the REDD+ Readiness process and develop a comprehensive national consultation validation process for the National REDD+ Strategy and Implementation Framework
- Develop a work plan for awareness raising on REDD+ by establishing effective communication tools on REDD+, such as setting up website and knowledge sharing mechanism for REDD+ documents and information, and ensure stakeholders provide information on REDD+ and the National REDD+ Readiness process
- Develop individual REDD+ strategies and implementation modalities through capacity building and training to ministries, strengthening related laws and policies, investigating how to integrate REDD+ into community forestry and protected forest regulations
- Analyze existing fund mechanisms under Cambodian Law and establish REDD+ Fund mechanisms
- Develop policy and regulations for the National REDD+ implementation framework by analyzing how to link projects to subnational and national implementation
- Develop nationally appropriate REDD+ safeguards and indicators to measure impacts and benefits of REDD+ implementation
- Develop National REDD+ project guidelines and approve funding for demonstration sites
- Support existing REDD+ pilot project activities
Cambodia UN-REDD National Programme expects to produce the following outcomes:
- Effective National Management of the REDD+ Readiness process and stakeholder engagement in accordance with the Roadmap principles
- Development of the National REDD+ Strategy and Implementation Framework
- Improved capacity to manage REDD+ at subnational levels
- Design of a Monitoring System and capacity for implementation.
Cambodia has one of the highest levels of forest cover in Southeast Asia, with approximately 10.7 million hectares of forest in 2006 or 59% of Cambodia’s land area. Yet, because of large-scale agro-industrial development, and a lack of effective implementation of existing laws and policies for forest land and forest resource management, deforestation in Cambodia has been rapidly proceeded. The Royal Government of Cambodia established the principle forest management strategies in 2010, the new National Forest Programme, so as to set out a plan for long-term management of Cambodia’s forestry estate.
- UNDP Thematic Area : Environment and Energy
Sep 2011- Sep 2013
UN-REDD:US$3,001,350 UNDP-TRAC:US$500,000 UNDP-SFM Project:US$250,000 (Parallel co-financing) UNDP-CALM Project:US$150,000 (Parallel co-financing) FAO:US$300,000
Implementing Partner: Forestry Administration (FA), Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and fisheries (MAFF), and General Department of Administration for Nature Conservation and Protection (GDANCP), Ministry of Environment (MOE)
Responsible Parties: NGOs, Fisheries Administration of MAFF, Technical secretariat for ELCs, Ministry of Economy and Finance, Ministry of Land Management, Urban Planning and construction, Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Rural Development, and Ministry of Industry, Mines and Energy
The programme is to be implemented at national level and in five provinces.
Millennium Development Goal
Goal 7: Ensure environmental sustainability
UNDP Country Programme
UNDAF Outcome 2: National and local authorities and private sector institutions are better able to ensure the sustainable use of natural resources (fisheries, forestry, mangrove, land, and protected areas), cleaner technologies and responsive to climate change.
CPAP Outcome2: By 2015, National and local authorities, communities and private sector are better able to sustainably manage ecosystems goods and services and respond to climate change.
CPAP Output 2: National readiness for REDD+ supported to enable government and communities to access financial incentives for reducing deforestation and forest degradation.
UNDP Thematic Area
Environment and Energy
UNDP Focal Point
Mr. Sovanny CHHUM, Programme Analyst
UNDP, No. 53, Street 51, Phnom Penh
Tel: + 855 (0) 23 216 167
National Programme Director
H.E. Chea Sam Ang, Deputy Director
No.40, Preah Norodam Blvd, Phnom Penh
Tel: +855 (0)12 862 730