A workshop on REDD+ Roadmap process was organized in Ulaanbaatar, jointly by the Forestry Agency of Mongolia and UNDP Country Office on 13 September, 2011 to inform the sector stakeholders about the REDD+ principles, Mongolia’s potential to obtain funding and the processes and actions required for achieving the REDD+ readiness. Through the workshop, the national REDD+ Roadmap Taskforce was established including representatives from the relevant Ministries, academia, CSO and private sector. In addition, the Taskforce workplan was discussed and agreed on.
`Through the UN-REDD Programme, the REDD+ Readiness Roadmap development process is being supported by the UNDP Country Office in Mongolia. The Programme was created in 2008 to assist developing countries to get ready to participate in REDD+. It is a collaboration between three UN agencies and programmes: the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
Deforestation accounts for nearly 18 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions that is larger than that of the entire global transportation sector. Reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation known as REDD+ has become an important mitigation strategy. It is a new international mechanism to reward developing countries for reducing their rate of deforestation and forest degradation, and for increasing carbon stocks.
On 17 April 2011, the Government of Mongolia submitted a request to the UN-REDD Programme to participate in the Programme, and on 20 June 2011 the UN-REDD Policy Board formally invited Mongolia to join the programme. REDD+ offers opportunities for Mongolia to improve the sustainable management of its forests and to increase its carbon stocks, thus supporting adaptation. REDD+ will eventually enable linkages between poverty reduction and environmental conservation, thus help Mongolia achieving the MDG Targets.