Government of the Republic of Fiji
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
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June 11, 2013: The Fijian government is lobbying for the establishment of a mechanism under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change that will ensure the full implementation of Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation activities (REDD-Plus).
Conservator of Forests Mr Samuela Lagataki, who is currently attending the UNFCCC meeting in Bonn, Germany, said they want the new proposed mechanism included in the new Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform (ADP).
“The (mechanism) should also be supported by adequate additional and predictable funding from various sources such as public, private, bilateral, multilateral and market based mechanisms. REDD-Plus goes beyond deforestation and forest degradation, and includes the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks.
Fiji's interests on the issue is followed closely in Bonn by Mr Lagataki and Fiji's Principal Timber Utilisation officer Mr Semi Dranibaka under the umbrella Coalition of Rainforest Nations (CfRN), which also includes Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Vanuatu and Solomon Islands.
All countries under the CfRN come under the Group of 77 and China, which is chaired by Fiji.
"In this regard Fiji has a strong voice with respect to REDD-Plus as it goes through the negotiating group of the CfRN and the G77 and China," Mr Lagataki said.
"REDD-Plus is very important to us and we have to maintain that especially now that we have established two project sites, one in Vanua Levu and one in Viti Levu with the extensive involvement of landowners, non-state actors and academia".
Fiji's REDD-Plus activity started in 2009 with the policy approved by Cabinet in December 2010. Ministry of Foreign Affairs Climate Change Unit is co-implementing Fiji’s REDD-Plus activity with the German International Cooperation (GIZ) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC).
Meanwhile, Nauru on behalf of the Alliance of Small Islands States (AOSIS) in Bonn recognized the importance of REDD-Plus in global efforts to bridge the mitigation gap.
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