South-South sharing to highlight REDD+ Opportunities for African Countries

Lessons Learned from The Republic of Guyana’s Experience of REDD+

The Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice has today published a report entitled: Pursuing REDD+ as a viable development option: Lessons from Guyana’s experience.

The report, launched at the first Climate Change and Development in Africa Conference in Addis Ababa in Ethiopia, aims to enable South-South sharing of experiences on REDD+. The report examines how REDD+ has the potential to deliver economic development while preserving forest reserves.

The report was discussed at the conference today as part of a high-level dialogue on the theme Development First: Addressing Climate Change in Africa in Addis Ababa. The panel included Connie Hedegaard, the European Commissioner for Climate Action, Dr R.K. Pachauri, Chair of the Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change and Jennifer Webster, Minister within the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Guyana.

The dialogue looked at how climate finance such as REDD+ can facilitate climate compatible development. South-South experience from Guyana was shared alongside insights on the economic and social challenges of forest management from Liberia and the Republic of Congo.

Head of Research and Development at the Foundation, Dr Tara Shine said: “A development first approach to climate change is possible and essential for Africa. Guyana’s experience shows that climate change and development can be compatible. Climate finance such as REDD+ payments can facilitate this climate compatible development.”

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