EU REDD Facility: Reflections (2013-2017) and Strategy (2018-2022)



The EU REDD Facility is pleased to share a summary of its work over the past five years and its strategy for 2018-2022.The Facility supports partner countries improve land-use governance as part of their efforts to slow, halt and reverse deforestation.



Addressing land-use governance challenges is key to successful implementation of both Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) and Voluntary Partnership Agreements (VPAs) under the EU Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Action Plan. The focus of the Facility’s work is, therefore, on countries engaged in both REDD+ and VPA processes.



Our new publication — Making FLEGT and REDD+ work together — provides an overview of the Facility's work and achievements between 2013 and 2017. When the Facility was set up, it was given the mandate to explore synergies between REDD+ and FLEGT. Many felt the two approaches could and should strengthen each other, but nobody really knew how to go about making this happen.



The work of the Facility has proved critical in clarifying the relationship between the two initiatives, and has increased understanding of the central role of forest and land-use governance in REDD+. Among the insights gleaned during that period are the following:


  1. Improving forest governance is key to addressing deforestation and forest degradation. It reinforces inclusive decision making and transparency in the forest sector and promotes the rule of law. Bottom-up approaches focused on solving specific issues on land-use governance, land-use planning or zero-deforestation production and trade benefit from initiatives that bring visibility, support and competence to forest and land-use governance, such as FLEGT and REDD+ processes.


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