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Ecuador held an inception workshop in July 2012 to introduce its UN-REDD National Programme to local stakeholders and begin the process of developing REDD+ policies, instruments and operational framework, a forest monitoring system, and a benefit-sharing system.

15 August 2012: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN‐REDD Programme) has reported that Ecuador formally launched its UN-REDD National Programme at an inception workshop for stakeholders. National government officials presented the National Programme and sought input from, and addressed the questions and concerns of stakeholders attending the workshop.

The workshop, held in Nueva Loja-Sucumbios on 12 July 2012, was attended by the Governor of Sucumbios, local mayors, parish council presidents, representatives of indigenous, Afro-Ecuadorian and Montubio communities, and from non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

Ecuador’s Programme aims to support the country in completing its preparations for implementing the policy mechanism for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, as well as conservation, sustainable management of forests, and enhancement of carbon stocks (REDD+). Specifically, the National Programme seeks to design and implement a National Forest Monitoring System; implement a REDD+ consultation process; develop REDD+ policies and instruments; develop the operational framework for REDD+ implementation; ensure environmental and social benefits; and design and implement a benefit-sharing system. In addition to UN-REDD Multi-Donor Trust Fund, Ecuador’s National Programme is co-financed by the German and Ecuadorian Governments. [UN-REDD Press Release] [Ecuador National Programme Document]

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