UN-REDD19 September 2012: The UN Collaborative Programme on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries (UN-REDD) has released the September edition of its newsletter, highlighting in-country progress in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Ecuador, Nigeria, Zambia, Viet Nam, Cambodia and Myanmar.

The newsletter also reports on calls for greater indigenous peoples participation in reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, and the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks in developing countries (REDD+) in Asia-Pacific.

The newsletter announces the selection of civil society and indigenous peoples observers to the UN-REDD policy board as follows: for Africa the NGO Coalition for Environment (NGOCE) and the Community Research and Development Services (CORDS); for Asia, the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) and the Nepal Federation of Indigenous Nationalities (NEFIN); for Latin America, the Ut’z Che’ Association and the Andean Coordinator for Indigenous Organizations (Coordinadora Andina de Organizaciones Indígenas, CAOI); and for developed countries, the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF).

The newsletter further reports on dialogues with the private sector and national workshops on forest carbon stocks in Mexico and Indonesia. Finally it highlights the publication of two “Go-REDD+” issues from the UN-REDD Asia-Pacific Listserv. [Publication: UN-REDD Newsletter Issue 32]