NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
The United Nations on Tuesday called on African governments to
re-strategize their programs against deforestation and
Elsie Attafuah, the
United Nations Development Program (UNDP)’s Africa Regional
Technical Advisor for UN REDD, told the governments to
incorporate integrated approaches that are aimed at benefiting
“There is need to
adopt approaches that promote community benefits from natural
resources through sustainable land use and reduction of
deforestation,” Attafuah told delegates attending the 2018
Africa Knowledge Exchange on tackling deforestation in Nairobi.
She said the
approaches must be transformative, cohesive and aligned to
nationally determined contributions (NDC) and the Reducing
Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+) program.
the need to involve both public and private sector
collaborations to help upscale the existing limitations of
existing mitigation strategies to reduce deforestation.
“The persistence of
deforestation and environmental degradation in Africa has
increased pressure hence the need to have both governments and
companies to address these challenges,” she added.
Attafuah said 28
countries have adopted REDD+ program and most of them are
getting into implementation stages.
UN-REDD Program was
launched in 2008 to provide countries that request its support
with reliable and effective technical assistance, capacity
building, and policy advice to help them access REDD+ financing.
The UNDP advisor
said that the countries must develop a common interest in
commodity production, improved economic growth and livelihood
opportunities, and a resilient natural resource base that can
continue to provide crucial ecosystem services.
“There is need to
align deforestation programs with the country’s national
development visions so that the country’s emissions of green
house gases can reduce,” she added.
that Brazil, Ecuador, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC),
Ethiopia and Ghana already have greenhouse gases emission
agreements with donors who are willing to support their
Attafuah, NDCs under the Paris Climate Agreement and
deforestation-free pledges in the New York Declaration on
Forests, has expanded interest in public-private collaborations
in the developing countries.
Every year, the UN-REDD
Program holds knowledge exchanges in Africa, Latin America and
Asia Pacific. These exchanges are aimed at helping countries
address challenges on forestry and climate change.
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Forestry Officer UN-REDD noted at the meeting that great
progress is being made on REDD+ as most countries are widely
Sandker said 34
countries have now submitted a forest emission level to the
United Nations Framework Convention and Climate Change (UNFCCC)
which is a benchmark for assessing REDD+ performance.
house 1.3 billion hectares of forest which is more than one
third of the global forest cover but more importantly, these
countries contain 66 percent of global deforestation,” she
She called on
governments to own and develop a coordinated approach towards
the realization of the REDD+ programs.
Participants at the
meeting are drawn from the DRC, Congo Republic, Cote d’Ivoire,
Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Nigeria, Uganda and