Following the logic of the new approach, knowledge-based advocacy events were organized at the World Forestry Congress (WFC) and UNFCCC COP27. At the WFC, UN-REDD organized or participated in twelve sessions, from Global deforestation: challenges and opportunities for concrete action to halt and reverse forest loss by 2030, to a ministerial forum on finance. At WFC, UN-REDD also welcomed Korea as a donor, establishing a partnership to enhance implementation of REDD+ through capacity development and knowledge management.
A series of high-profile side events, including the launch of the paper, “Making Good on the Glasgow Climate Pact,” marked UN-REDD’s engagement at the UNFCCC COP27 in Sharm El- Sheikh. The paper, the associated campaign and high-level side event outlined the need and pathway for a milestone of 1 gigaton of Co2 reductions from forest emissions by 2025 (and every year thereafter) based on incentives (carbon price above $30, volume and predictability), upfront investments, high-integrity emissions reductions and inclusion of Indigenous peoples and local communities, as well as women and youth. The event, increasing access to forest carbon finance, with the United Kingdom, a leader on global forest finance who became a UN-REDD donor in 2022, positioned UN-REDD as a key source of support for countries to become REDD+ and LEAF-ready.
Also at COP 27, UN-REDD was featured at a side event, Harnessing carbon markets: a conversation with Women Leaders from Africa, where the critical role of women in forest sector climate action and carbon market participation and benefit distribution was explored.
In cooperation with partners, such as the Nature4Climate coalition and the World Economic Forum, UN-REDD continued to make the case for Nature-based Solutions, particularly forest solutions and jurisdictional REDD+, influencing the framing of several op-eds and articles, and providing interviews and media briefings.
UN-REDD collaborated with and supported various platforms and networks of Indigenous peoples on policy and finance dimensions of forest solutions, from NDC engagement to new finance streams such as carbon markets. They comprised the UN Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII), the UNFCCC Local Communities & Indigenous Peoples Platform, the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP), the Forest Peoples Programme (FPP), and the Amazon Indigenous Federation (COICA). These collaborations and support were conducted through different avenues, such as public events, training programmes, publications and contributions through social media.
In response to the campaign by Indigenous peoples globally to raise questions and concerns on new finance developments in the REDD+ domain, such as carbon markets, UN-REDD organized the training and dialogue on carbon finance and the forest sector during the annual UN Indigenous Peoples Assembly, mentioned above. This saw the gathering together of experts, representatives from REDD+ financing schemes and Indigenous peoples themselves. More than 200 Indigenous representatives and development practitioners participated. The event was deemed successful by Indigenous peoples and thus further, similar efforts will be considered. This served also to coalesce and disseminate a rich package of information and knowledge products, made available to Indigenous leaders and practitioners.
UN-REDD continued its storytelling strategy of highlighting the key role of forests in the green recovery, featuring regional and global stories on national progress on REDD+, Indigenous approaches to forest monitoring, and local forest community empowerment, among others.
In the Lower Mekong region, a survey was conducted to understand the population’s knowledge and attitude toward forest crimes. The findings provided the scientific basis for communications campaigns in the Lower Mekong countries and China to trigger behavioral change, and ultimately, to reduce illegal logging and the illegal forest trade.
Strategic, event-driven social media campaigns, supported by social videos, increased the UN-REDD Programme’s social media following to more than 94,000 followers. The promotion of the messaging around the new Making Good on the Glasgow Climate Pact during COP 27 received over 1 million impressions.
Knowledge and country-based lessons on REDD+ were shared through 63 blog posts, often in several languages. They were also promoted in the quarterly REDD+ Resource newsletters and the topical Round-Up newsletters, which have over 11,000 subscribers. The blog posts were seen by 189,913 visitors to the website.