The SFM/REDD+ Programme focuses on efforts to prevent, control and reverse desertification and land degradation. It is administered by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) which draws on guidance provided from three international conventions dealing with forests; the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD); the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC); and the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD).
The SFM/REDD+ Programme’s main objective is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, achieve multiple environmental and economic benefits from improved management of all types of forests, and strengthening sustainable livelihoods for people who depend on forest resources in order to reduce poverty.
The specific objects are:
- To reduce pressures on forest resources and generate sustainable flows of forest ecosystem services; and
- To strengthen the enabling environment to REDD+ and enhance carbon sinks from Land Use, Land-Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF) activities.
GEF eligible countries with all types of forests capable of delivering benefits in biodiversity, greenhouse gas emission mitigation and local livelihoods.
Support programmes in Africa, Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean.
The Programme works with the implementation phase of REDD+ at national and sub-national level with activities such as: developing national systems; strengthening forest-related policies and institutions; developing policy frameworks; establishing innovative financing mechanisms; and piloting projects to REDD+.
The SFM/REDD+ strongly supports work with local communities to develop alternative livelihood methods to reduce emissions and sequester carbon. Under special circumstances, it can also finance REDD+ Readiness activities.
HOW TO APPLY
Eligible countries need to fill out and send in a Project Identification Form (PIF).