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Meridian Institute

UN-REDD Programme Strategic Support

External Project Site: www.un-redd.org/
Related: Climate Change, Environment and Natural Resources

The United Nations Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (UN-REDD Programme) was created in September 2008 to assist developing countries to prepare for, and initiate, development and implementation of national REDD+ strategies. REDD+ includes the conservation and sustainable management of forests as well as the enhancement of forest carbon stocks. Meridian Institute played an instrumental role in facilitating discussions that led to the creation of the UN-REDD Programme, which builds upon the convening power and technical expertise of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the United Nations Development Programme, and the United Nations Environment Programme.

Meridian Institute was commissioned by the Government of Norway’s International Climate and Forest Initiative to provide facilitation and strategy support to the UN-REDD Programme. This work included designing and facilitating the Programme’s first all-staff retreat in May 2012 and their first face-to-face joint meeting of the Management Group, Strategy Group, and Head of the UN-REDD Programme Secretariat one week after the retreat. The retreat was designed to provide staff with opportunities to: identify challenges and opportunities; agree upon appropriate strategic and operational responses to those challenges and opportunities to ensure efficient and effective delivery of the Programme; and generate input on a vision for the future direction of the Programme. The joint meeting focused on developing agreed-upon Terms of Reference for each of those bodies (including for the interrelationship of the three bodies); agreed-upon responses to a number of immediate strategic-level challenges facing the Programme; and discussion of alternative responses to future strategic-level challenges. Both of these meetings were highly successful, with significant improvements in the clarity of roles and responsibilities and, flowing from this, improved accountability among and between key actors.

Meridian Institute also provided facilitation support for the week-long planning and strategy session of the UN-REDD Programme Management Group in May 2013. This session included setting short- and long-term strategic priorities for the Management Group; mapping out issues to be addressed by the Strategy Group; and preparing for the tenth Policy Board meeting in June 2013 in Lombok, Indonesia. The Policy Board meeting resulted in the following outcomes: a decision on how to address the Policy Board review; approval of the national program for Colombia; and approval of the Terms of Reference for the upcoming UN-REDD Programme evaluation. During the Policy Board meeting, the leadership role of Mario Boccucci as the Head of the UN-REDD Programme Secretariat was also confirmed.

Meridian also assisted with preparations for the Management Group retreat in October 2013, and facilitated that retreat. Meridian continues to support the work of the UN-REDD Programme with direct support from the Programme itself for strategic planning and assistance.

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