New commitments and partnerships to reduce the contribution of deforestation and forest degradation to climate change continue across the public and private sectors.
21 April 2015: New commitments and partnerships to reduce the contribution of deforestation and forest degradation to climate change continue across the public and private sectors.
Burkina Faso and El Salvador have become the 59th and 60th partner countries to the UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN-REDD). The two new members now have access to UN-REDD targeted and global support and have observer status on the Policy Board.
Burkina Faso’s membership will compliment ongoing support for REDD+ including additional funding through the Climate Investment Fund (CIF) Forest Investment Program (FIP) for participatory forest monitoring. Implemented in partnership with the African Development Bank (AfDB), the project will support data collection and stakeholder engagement as well as the preparation and validation of the 2014 and 2015 reports on gazetted forests.
With regard to the private sector, following on the UN Climate Summit and the New York Declaration on Forests, McDonald’s has committed to a deforestation-free supply chain. Specific targets will be developed by the company for beef, fiber-based packaging, coffee, palm oil and poultry. [UN-REDD Press Releases] [AfDB Press Release] [UN Press Release]