Interested person can now sign up and take the REDD+ Academy e-course here: http://unccelearn.org. Launched by the UN-REDD Programme in November 2015, the course is self-paced, free of charge and conducted in English.
Developing and implementing REDD+ goes beyond the forestry sector and requires input from a broad spectrum of informed stakeholders. The key term here is “informed”. Many stakeholders continue to feel challenged and overwhelmed by unfamiliar concepts and terminology, and often find it difficult to distinguish between facts and opinions. The demand for capacity building continues remains high. The UN-REDD Programme responded to the demand, with a series of regional and national REDD+ Academies. But clearly, face-to-face training courses can only reach a limited number of people. The Programme therefore developed a REDD+ Academy e-course in English with support from the One UN Climate Change Learning Partnership (UN CC:Learn). The course provides access to high-quality learning on REDD+ to an unlimited number of people.
In describing the REDD+ Academy learning materials, Achim Steiner, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and United Nations Environment Programme Executive Director stated, “The modules presented in the e-Academy will equip you with the requisite knowledge to better understand the various components of REDD+ planning and implementation, and provide you with tools to promote the implementation of national REDD+ activities in your country. I encourage all of you to apply the knowledge you will gain over the course duration and to do your part to make REDD+ a national and a global success!” (Link to the video is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pWipm8pAUVk&feature=youtu.be).
The e-course covers the following 12 topics:
- Forest, Carbon Sequestration and Climate Change
- Understanding REDD+ and the UNFCCC
- Drivers of Deforestation and Forest Degradation
- National Strategies and Action Plans
- National Forest Monitoring Systems for REDD+
- Forest Reference Emission Levels for REDD+
- Policies and Measures for REDD+ Implementation
- REDD+ Safeguards under the UNFCCC
- REDD+ Finance
- Approaches for Allocation of Incentives
- Introduction to Stakeholder Engagement
- Good governance
Participants can also access to the REDD+ Academy Learning Journals (http://www.uncclearn.org/learning-resources/library/10427). They are available in three languages (English, French and Spanish). These journals aim to provide the introductory information, detailed accounts and learning exercises designed to build the capacity to implement REDD+. The learning journals can also be found on the UN-REDD Programme workspace (http://www.unredd.net/index.php?option=com_guru&view=guruPrograms&task=view&cid=29-redd-academy&Itemid=505).
In Viet Nam, a REDD+ Academy Training-of-Trainers event was conducted in September last year by the UN-REDD Viet Nam Phase II Programme. Participants to the ToT included professional trainers from forestry universities, government agencies and NGOs. The Programme is planning to replicate the REDD+ Academy in the future.