15 December 2015
PARIS- On December 8, at the offices of Baker & McKenzie, the Peruvian Ministry of Environment, Code REDD, Conservation International, and Markit Environmental Registry presented a side event to the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). There, the Peruvian National REDD+ Program announced its National Registry as the country prepares to scale its efforts toward Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+).
“We recognize the value that projects have brought to our country and will work collaboratively to integrate them into the national program and registry,” said Gustavo Suárez de Freitas, Executive Coordinator of the Peruvian National Forest Conservation Program for Climate Change Mitigation. “Together we can discuss and develop the accounting harmonization and benefit sharing. We acknowledge that it is not going to be an easy work but we want to do it. These projects have done a lot to reduce emissions and bring private capital into our country, now it is the time that we share our methodologies, data and best practices.”
Peru’s action signals support for including project-level activity. With REDD+ explicitly articulated in the historic Paris Agreement, emerging national REDD+ programs stand to benefit from the value REDD+ demonstration projects have brought to reducing greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and forest degradation.
“REDD+ project developers recognize the need to scale REDD+ to the national level in order to achieve its mitigation potential, and national programs can learn a lot from the project level experience,” said Kate Dillon, Executive Director of Code REDD. “It is important that projects get the credit and financial support they have earned for tackling many of the social, political, and technical challenges REDD+ faced early on.”
Peru signaled its interest in collaborating with REDD+ demonstration projects that have been issuing verified emissions reductions in the country for over two years. One of these projects, the Alto Mayo REDD+ project in the Peruvian Amazon, is managed by Conservational International (CI).
“This is welcome news, not only for project developers and investors willing to invest in REDD+ in Peru, but for tropical forest countries around the world looking for successful examples of how the private and public sector can collaborate to help governments achieve their international commitments under the UNFCCC, while catalyzing green economic development resulting in long-term benefits to local communities,” said Claudio Schneider, Senior Technical Director of CI Peru.
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