UNEP’s key initiatives to support a transformation of forest management and utilization towards a Green Economy include:

  • UN-REDD Programme
    The UN-REDD Programme is the United Nations collaborative initiative on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD) in developing countries. The Programme was launched in 2008 and builds on the convening role and technical expertise of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The UN-REDD Programme supports nationally-led REDD+ processes and promotes the informed and meaningful involvement of all stakeholders, including Indigenous Peoples and other forest-dependent communities, in national and international REDD+ implementation.
  • Global Forest Watch 2.0 (GFW 2.0)
    GFW 2.0. is an interactive near-real-time alert system which can help governments, private sector, NGO’s and communities to improve the management of forest resources. It combines the latest technology advances in remote sensing with mobile applications and social media, into a never before seen alert system that can be used by anybody interested in improving forest management and decreasing current deforestation rates. Once fully operational it is envisioned that GFW 2.0 can be used to guide action to deforestation hotspots and alert about breaches in contractual criteria e.g., logging in high conservation value forests, thus dramatically changing the efficiency of law enforcement and forest related decision-making. To test the Global Forest Watch 2.0. please visit http://www.gfw-beta.org
  • Forest resource valuation and accounting
    The full contribution of forest ecosystem services to national economies, such as water for hydro energy or irrigation, are consistently under-value in national wealth accounting. By conducting analysis of the cross-sectoral economic contributions of forest ecosystems and accounting for these within national frameworks we can direct finances and decide upon land use in such way that we not only safeguard biodiversity but also the natural capital that underpins our economies and well-being. Whether it is called risk management, supply chain management or conservation, forest valuation and accounting has been seen to bring ministries together for a common interest to safeguard the many key input elements in our economies that forests provide. For an example, see the role of Forests in the Kenyan economy
    The Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP) is an innovative and ambitious partnership comprised of great ape range states faced with an immediate challenge: to lift the threat of imminent extinction faced by gorillas (Gorilla beringei, G. gorilla), chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes), bonobos (Pan paniscus) and orangutans (Pongo abelii, P. pygmaeus) across their ranges in Equatorial Africa and Southeast Asia. GRASP's mission is to work as a coherent alliance to conserve wild populations of every great ape in their natural habitats, and to ensure that where apes and people interact, their interactions are both positive and sustainable. GRASP also seeks to reduce the threats facing the same biodiversity-rich ecosystems which share the forests with the great apes and to illustrate what can be achieved through a genuine global partnership between myriad stakeholders.


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