Design and Development of Robust Systems for National Forest Monitoring and Information on Safeguards for Uganda’s REDD+ Activities
The "Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation" REDD+ Readiness Process in Uganda started in 2008. A "Readiness Preparation Proposal" (R-PP) lays out a roadmap for achieving "Readiness" to engage in an international REDD+ mechanism. However, there are nearly US$ 7 million of unfunded priorities.
The contribution by the Austrian Government through the Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC) of Euro 650,160.00 will cover part of the funding gap. It will support the development of a robust forest monitoring system for the measurement, monitoring, reporting and verification of REDD+ activities. The purpose is to support the country to design
- a national forest monitoring system for emissions and removals of greenhouse gases due to avoided deforestation and forest degradation, enhancement of forest carbon stocks, conservation and sustainable management of forests;
- a system for providing information on how safeguards are being addressed throughout the implementation of REDD-+ activities;
- a system capable of monitoring benefits during the implementation of REDD+ activities.
The Ministry of Water and Environment (MWE) through its Forestry Sector Support Department (FSSD) will coordinate REDD+ monitoring at the national level.
The ADC support will contribute to the Natural Resources Management component under the Joint Water and Environment Sector Support Programme (JWESSP) by establishing a robust national system for monitoring and reporting of all REDD+ activities. By the end of the Project, Uganda will have
- a functional national forest monitoring system for REDD+ activities
- a national system of monitoring and providing information on how multiple benefits, other impacts, governance, and actual safeguards are being addressed and respected during the implementation of REDD+ activities
- land-use maps and identified pressures on natural resources as basis for benefits out of biodiversity and improved eco-systems.