|Cambodia has one of the highest levels of forest cover in Southeast Asia, with approximately 10.7 million hectares of forest in 2006 or 59% of Cambodia’s land area. Cambodia also has a relatively high rate of land-use change with Forestry Administration statistics showing that 379,485 hectares of forest were lost between 2002 and 2005/6, a deforestation rate of 0.5% per year.|
A future mechanism for Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+) being developed through the UNFCCC provides an opportunity to support Cambodia’s efforts to reduce levels of deforestation and help to maintain and protect this natural forest.
The Royal Government of Cambodia has shown early support for the development of approaches to REDD+ with the approval of two pilot sites in 2008 and 2009. In August 2009, the General Department of Administration for Nature Conservation and Protection of the Ministry of Environment, Forestry Administration of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and Ministry of Economy and Finance as representatives of the RGC were granted observer status in the UN-REDD programme. Following this time the RGC with support from UNDP Cambodia and FAO Cambodia, prepared a REDD+ Readiness planning process, which led to the development of the Cambodia Readiness Plan Proposal on REDD+ (“Roadmap”), a document outlining how the country would develop policies and measures to become ‘REDD+ ready’.
The Cambodia UN-REDD National Programme forms part of this approach and has been specifically designed to support implementation of the Roadmap, which was developed by the interim REDD+ Taskforce and stakeholder groups during the period January-September 2010. The UN-REDD programme has four outcomes:
A final programme agreement was signed between General Department of Administration for Nature Conservation and Protection of the Ministry of Environment, Forestry Administration of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and Ministry of Economic and Finance representative of the Royal Government of Cambodia and UN-REDD in August 2011. Since this point in time the UN agencies have worked to make initial preparations for the beginning of the programme and an Inception Workshop was occurred the week of the 14th of November. At this workshop it was decided that the period from December to March would focus on establishment of the programme with approval of the first annual workplan being scheduled for March 2012.
The UN-REDD Technical Specialist works under the supervision of UNDP ACD/Team Leader of Environment and Energy and will be based in the REDD+ Taskforce Secretariat, where he/she work closely on a day-to-day basis with the Secretariat Chief and Deputy Chief.
The incumbent will work as part of the broader Secretariat and National REDD+ Programme team and respond to the needs of that programme where required and appropriate. The incumbent will also work closely with the MRV Technical Expert as well as with stakeholders from outside government and other relevant ministries/agencies, and bilateral and multilateral development partners.
Given the complexity of the programme in terms of broad-based stakeholders involvement, the need to advocate for policy change in forestry and environment sectors, and the need to build trust and relationship between key stakeholders, the incumbent is expected to play an instrumental role in providing strategic guidance to achieve project results and impacts and advocating REDD+ to become a key development agenda. S/he is expected to work toward a higher result through effective communication, coordination and building synergies and promoting sustainability of the UN REDD programme.
Duties and Responsibilities
|Provide management advice and coaching to the REDD+ Taskforce and Secretariat for effective implementation of the UN-REDD programme, including:|
A national registry
Conflict resolution mechanisms
Other elements of National REDD+ development
It is anticipated that the work of the Technical Specialist will have the following impacts:
Advocacy / Advancing Policy Oriented Agenda: analysis and creation of messages and strategies
Required Skills and Experience
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