The UN-REDD Programme is the United Nations collaborative initiative on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD ) in developing countries. The Programme was launched in 2008 and builds on the convening role and technical expertise of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The UN-REDD Programme assists developing countries to prepare to implement REDD , including the development of National REDD Strategies, following guidance issued by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). As part of the Technical Assistance component of the UN-REDD Programme, the Government of Norway requested the partner agencies, coordinated by FAO, to develop and implement an initiative on Addressing Forest Crime through Improved Governance in the Lower Mekong Region (LMR), covering the countries of Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand and Viet Nam. The overall impact of the UN-REDD Mekong Initiative will be to reduce deforestation and forest degradation and promote sustainable management of forests across the LMR, by tackling forest crime, improving forest governance and boosting legal and sustainable trade and investment in wood products across the LMR and China. The UN-REDD Mekong Initiative is part of a portfolio of investments under the Norway International Climate and Forest Initiative (NICFI) to reduce forest crime and illegal trade in forest products across Asia, and will be coordinated with other institutions contributing to this portfolio, including Interpol, Forest Trends, UN Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and International Tropical Timber Organisation (ITTO). Within the Forestry Department of FAO, the UN-REDD Mekong Initiative will be coordinated closely with the activities of the Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Programme in the Asia-Pacific region.
Under the overall supervision of the FAO Deputy Regional Representative (DRR) for Asia-Pacific, under the technical supervision of the responsible Forestry Officer, the project Lead Technical Officer and the Regional REDD Programme Officer at the FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (RAP), with guidance from Government of Thailand focal points within the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MoNRE), and in coordination with the REDD regional advisor for UNEP in Asia-Pacific, the national project coordinator will be responsible for the overall management and implementation of activities under the UN-REDD Mekong Initiative in Thailand.
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