The EU REDD Facility
The EU REDD Facility is one of several European initiatives to address the underlying drivers of deforestation and forest degradation, and to foster sustainable forest management in developing countries. The European Forest Institute (EFI) established the EU REDD Facility at the end of 2010 with funding from the European Commission and its Member States.
- To support developing countries as they prepare for and implement REDD+
- To assist developing countries meet their goals in building needed capacity for REDD+, with a focus on improving governance
- To enhance lessons learning from and explore interactions between the FLEGT and REDD+ processes at country level
- To inform policy making by the European Commission and EU Member States on REDD+ support to developing countries
How we work at country level
We aim to establish long-term dialogues with developing countries participating in REDD+ initiatives, and to provide demand-driven and tailor-made technical assistance to support the countries’ REDD+ aims.
Working with national governments and other stakeholders, we seek to address obstacles to REDD+ implementation.
Working with our EFI colleagues at the EU FLEGT Facility, we also seek to identify and build operational synergies between REDD+ and other forest governance initiatives.
We ground our technical assistance in multistakeholder approaches, strengthening legal and institutional frameworks, and transparent monitoring, reporting and verification processes.
We also support activities in developing countries that contribute to building capacity on REDD+.
Informing policy making on REDD+
The EU REDD Facility provides policy analysis to inform decision making and supports the European Commission and the EU Member States in framing their REDD+ policies and actions.
We also help develop and exchange experiences and lessons learnt from existing REDD+ and FLEGT activities within and among the countries where the EU REDD and FLEGT Facilities are active.
Where we work
Our work plan, approved by our Steering Committee, enables us to work in all REDD+ countries. In our first year our team has begun working with countries involved in both REDD+ and FLEGT initiatives and started gathering lessons learnt to feed into the thinking on both processes. Now engaged in five countries (Democratic Republic of Congo, Guyana, Indonesia, Republic of Congo and Vietnam), we plan to expand our scope as needed..
The EU REDD Facility is funded by the European Commission, France, Ireland, Spain and the United Kingdom. Our offices are located in Barcelona and we work primarily in Africa, Southeast Asia and South and Central America.
EU FLEGT and REDD facilities staff
European Commission DG Development and Cooperation – EuropeAid
French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs
Irish Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine
The Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment
UK Department for International Development (DFID)