About the REDD+ Program
Reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+) is a United Nations program that has been under negotiation by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) since 2005. Its goal is to mitigate climate change by reducing net greenhouse gases emissions with better forest management in developing countries.
This program would offer developing countries financial incentives in exchange for the protection, and sustainable use of the country’s forests.
Participating in the REDD+ Bureau in Ecuador
The Pachamama Alliance team in Ecuador was selected to be a part of a new Bureau of REDD+ Work in Ecuador: Forests for Good Living.
The Bureau is a space for dialogue and involvement to promote a full and effective participation of key social stakeholders of the sustainability of forests in Ecuador. It includes indigenous representatives and representatives from NGOs from all over the country who will give input into the future of environmental policy within the country, and how to comply with the UN’s requirements.
Our team in Ecuador was chosen out of many environmental organizations and only a small number were invited to join. This is significant considering that our former sister organization, Fundación Pachamama, was shut down in December 2013 by the same government administration.
This first meeting was called in July to present the process of reshaping the Bureau. The meeting explored the scope, roles, and objectives of the Bureau based on the rules of operation according to the Ecuadorian Ministry of Environment and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
The Pachamama Alliance team in Ecuador will continue to participate in meetings of the Bureau over the course of many months to help shape the future of environmental policy in Ecuador.