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In 2021, the REDD+ Results-Based Payments (RBP) Project, implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), joined the effort to protect Costa Rica's forests with a budget of USD 54 million provided by the Green Climate Fund. This money will be used to implement actions to protect forests and prevent forest degradation by supporting two national programmes to which US$ 46.7 million in non-reimbursable funds are expected to be transferred.

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The battle against climate change is intensifying, with the urgency to find sustainable solutions becoming more acute. Within this global effort, the integrity of carbon markets is paramount, ensuring they truly benefit host countries and contribute effectively to their Nationally Determined Contributions. 


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  • By importing the first 19 kg, Italy will be the first European country to

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Lessons learned from the application of UNDP´s Performance-Based Payment Policy in Ecuador


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The shea value chain proves how investing in women can transform entire communities and advance gender equality.

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In the heart of the Amazon rainforest, amid a mosaic of rural landscapes and local realities, women emerge as the guardians protecting forests, rivers, and territories.

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  • The country begins the search for a consulting entity to carry out the first measurements, thanks to an initiative led by UNDP and the REDD+ Secretariat.
  • Until now, the carbon absorbed by trees has been accounted for, but soil carbon could double these figures and open the door to more climate financing resources.
  • This accounting will allow for the update of the national Forest Emission Reference Level, including soil carbon reserves, which is key to accessing voluntary carbon markets.


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Preserving mangrove ecosystems is key to mitigate climate change: Our latest photo story explores Indonesia's commitment to its Nationally Determined Contributions through the lens of mangrove rehabilitation in Sedari, West Java.

Roots of resilience

The Brazilian Amazon rainforest ranks among the most biodiverse ecosystems on Earth – with massive carbon sinks stocked in trees and soils, it plays a pivotal role in maintaining global climate stability. To unlock climate finance, states of the Brazilian Amazon are showing great interest to tap into carbon markets. Commercializing high-integrity jurisdictional REDD+ carbon credits can provide much-needed finance to implement forest conservation policies.

Unlocking Climate Finance
This blog draws from assessments conducted by the authors in 2022 and 2023 of REDD+ implementation in Costa Rica and Ecuador that involved field missions to and interviews with Indigenous communities in both countries.
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