Co-Chairs Summary : Third Dialogue on Frameworks for REDD+ Finance and Implementation

Building upon the consensus statement developed in 2008, which now enjoys a wide degree of support among leaders in the forest community, The Forests Dialogue (TFD) has initiated a series of multi-stakeholder dialogues on REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) Finance Mechanisms with a view to:

  • Define the challenges and opportunities of the financial mechanism options currently debated in the international community;
  • Elaborate on the possible solutions for identified challenges;
  • Develop a series of multi-stakeholder supported recommendations on frameworks for REDD-plus finance and implementation for discussion with negotiators in the lead up to, and during, COP-15 in Copenhagen.

The first dialogue in the series was convened on 25-26 April 2009. It was hosted by the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF), during its 8th Session in New York City, USA. The dialogue successfully engaged 50 leaders from a wide spectrum of stakeholders in a constructive discussion about the current leading options for REDD-plus finance mechanisms and the challenges for successful implementation.

The second dialogue was co-hosted by Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) and Intercooperation on 19-20 June 2009, in Montreux, Switzerland. It attracted 37 participants from different key stakeholder groups who were given the chance to comment on the outcomes of first dialogue, discuss safeguards and the “phased approach” in light of current UNFCCC AWG-LCA negotiations on REDD.

This dialogue is the third and final one in this initiative in 2009 and was hosted by International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) on 5-6 August in Gland, Switzerland. 31 participants from a wide spectrum of stakeholder groups joined the meeting.