SPC/GIZ Regional REDD+ Project.
Forest Conservation in the Pacific Island Countries.

Pacific REDD+ Awareness Campaign

REDD+ stands for efforts to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation: and foster conservation, sustainable management of forests, and enhancement of forest carbon stocks. In the Pacific Region, four countries are participating in the REDD+ Programme, they are Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.

This campaign is targeted at increasing the understanding of the important role of forests and climate change, thereby, a better understanding of the role of REDD+ programmes in the four countries.

Deforestation and forest degradation are the second leading cause of global warming, responsible for about 15% of global greenhouse gas emissions, which makes the loss and depletion of forests a major issue for climate change. In the Pacific, for many of the countries, drivers of deforestation and forest degradation is attributed to commercial activities and small scale agriculture activities. Understanding how unsustainable and illegal practices cause harm to forests and therefore the balance of life is important to understanding REDD+.

This campaign is part of the SPC/GIZ Regional REDD+ Project ongoing communications support to Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu to fulfill all requirements to participate in an UN-mechanism for climate change mitigation through improved forest management.

The campaign was developed during a Regional Communications Workshop that was held in Nadi, in February 2018. The four countries had expressed the need for an increased awareness in their own countries of what REDD+ is all about. Communications Officers from the four countries who were present at the workshop developed the awareness campaigns specific to their national circumstance.