REDD+ South-South learning mission Costa Rica

REDD+ South-South learning mission Costa Rica

23 October 2016 - 29 October 2016

In October 2016, a mission of high level government officials from Suriname visited San José to learn about best practices and processes to reduce deforestation and promote forest conservation and adapt these lessons to the country context.
The objectives of this mission were:

  • Increased understanding on the REDD+ initiative by the delegates
    Learn from community engagement and REDD+ related policies in Costa Rica Multi-disciplinary analysis of what could work in Suriname, and what would not
  • Illustration on the utilized approach within the green commodities program
    Strengthening the "REDD+-supporting network" (e.g. forest conservation coalition), to position the REDD+ programme as a catalyzer of sustainable development 

Although Suriname, with 93% forest cover, remains the most forested country in the world the deforestation rate is increasing. As Costa Rica is well-respected in the international forest community because of their success in increasing the nation’s forest cover from 25% to 53%.

Suriname’s RPP was approved in 2013 the country received a readiness grant of USD$3.8M from the FCPF to support some preparatory activities towards REDD+ implementation. With the political focal point residing
within the Office of the President, NIMOS has been appointed as the technical focal point for REDD+ in
Suriname, in charge of leading and managing the project implementation. The United Nations Development
Programme (UNDP) is the designated as delivery partner.

In order to learn from Costa Rica’s success story, the REDD+ Management Team conducted two missions in 2016.
The preliminary mission, which was held during June 20-24, was intended for preparatory purposes and to
collaborate with CATIE. The second mission, which was held during October 23 – 28, aimed at the engagement
and capacity building of thirteen high-level policymakers.

Thirteen high-level policymakers from the National Institute for Environment and Development in Suriname
(NIMOS), UNDP, the Foundation for Forest Management and Production Control (SBB), Office of the President, the National Assembly (DNA), Ministry of Spatial Planning, Land and Forestry (RGB), Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries corridor(LVV), Ministry of Natural Resources (NH), Ministry of Trade and
Industry (HI), Ministry of Transport, Communication and Tourism (TCT/STS), National Planning Office (SPS), learned from Costa Rica about their land-use and forestry policies.

The South-South exchange aimed at assessing whether the experience and responses of Costa Rica are useful in Suriname and an explanation of how the responses of Costa Rica need to be adjusted to the specific national circumstances of Suriname. Each participant left Costa Rica with an increased understanding of what the REDD+ initiative is, because they were exposed to the REDD+ project of Costa Rica and able to draw lessons from how Costa Rica has used REDD+ to define their national development strategy. In addition, the delegates contribution to Suriname’s REDD+ strategy was crucial for the sustainable development vision of the nation.