Delegates from Germany, the United Kingdom, Colombia, Ecuador, Mato Grosso and Acre celebrated 10 years of the REM project, late Monday the 14th, at the 27th United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in the mini-auditorium of the Amazon Federation, COP 27, in Sharm el-Egypt. In the shake.
Launched at Rio+20 in 2012, the Global REDD Early Movers (REM) program is the German government’s REDD+ initiative, which rewards countries or sub-national organizations that make pioneering efforts to protect forests. Acre State was first awarded a pilot project: REM Acre Phase I Project (2013 to 2017).
Other sectors that add to forest conservation efforts include a benefit-sharing scheme to support tribal people, extractive producers, and small family producers. The program is one of the financial instruments supporting the strengthening of the Ecosystem Services Incentive System (SISA).
In 2018, the State of Acre continued with the second phase of the REM, with the financial contribution of the United Kingdom to implement projects aimed at forest conservation and support for sustainable production chains, through the implementation of sub-projects: indigenous territories. ; Strengthen sustainable family production, sustainable livestock diversification, SISA and REDD+ mechanisms.
Acre’s governor, Gladson Kameli, said in these 10 years, Acre has undergone significant changes in its economic development model, with projects aimed at promoting sustainable forestry activities.
“Celebrating 10 years of the REM Acre project is thanks to the pioneering spirit of the German government, the commitment of various departments of the Acre state government and the involvement of the tribal, extractive, riverine and community. People who contribute to conservation. We have a lot to thank for this important financial support that has brought benefits to thousands of families. I would like to reaffirm my commitment to achieving the implementation goals of the second phase, with the main objective: reducing deforestation and illegal fires”, Kladson Cameli emphasizes.
Kate Hughes, Director of the UK Department of Business, expressed her delight at the celebration and pledged to continue the REDD+ initiative.
“We are committed to the long term. This initiative is 10 years old, it shows us the way, how to do it, and how far we have come and already succeeded. It allows us to look at what has worked, lessons learned and results achieved. REM is one of our contributions to climate finance. “The UK is committed to being a key part. In Acre, we were impressed by how they responded to the pandemic through food donations. We look forward to working with governors and communities to continue working together to reduce the rate of deforestation in the Amazon.”
The portfolio manager of the REM project, Klaus Konlein, gave a brief presentation of lessons learned over the past 10 years and highlighted the project’s statistics of approximately 137,000 beneficiaries and an assessment of 41,000 hectares of degraded areas.
“REM is a laboratory, and we can look at initiatives that have already worked and others that haven’t, so REM is an example of what can be done in REDD+ programs. This epidemic has hurt executions in the three countries and four jurisdictions where we operate, but we are confident that we will achieve better executions.” We are, and for that, we want to ask for more participation and social contribution from the governors.
Francisca Arara, a tribal and an employee of the Institute for Climate Change and Environmental Services Regulation (IMC), spoke about her pride in participating in the ceremony to celebrate 10 years of REM and called for the project to continue in Acre.
“I am proud to celebrate with our international partners. For Acre, the REM program is very important because many benefits from these resources have reached the tribal people, rural producers, riparians and extractives. This partnership should be taken to the next level with more benefits and new projects. Tribal communities and other Clean energy is needed to reach communities”.
Roseneide Sena, General Coordinator of the REM Acres Phase II Project, Department of State Planning and Management (Seplag), highlighted the learning the project has created for the state.
“REM is the only REDD system project implemented so far. Considering the responsibility of sub-national institutions in Brazil’s climate commitments, it has been 10 years with clear results and important lessons with tradition. In 10 years, REM reached 7.2 million hectares of forest, reached 25,893 beneficiaries of traditional communities and indigenous peoples. It is a tremendous honor to be a part of this story that is just beginning, a decade of learning and new opportunities.
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