REDD+ is a method to the conservation of tropical forests in developing countries. Dialogue aimed at positioning REDD+ in a new international framework put into effect in 2020 is currently underway.
Meanwhile, REDD+ has also made progress in the international community for initiatives aimed at voluntary emissions reductions by companies and organizations. The Government of Japan has similarly implemented studies and model projects to promote REDD+ using Joint Crediting Mechanism (JCM).
In response to the above situations, JP3-REDD+ was established and its “Immediate Action Program” was subsequently adopted on November 7, 2014, to further facilitate public–private collaboration and progress in REDD+ in Japan.
This platform aims to promote understanding of REDD+ by disseminating information online, via website and SNS, and through related events for the platform. This information will include (i) international trends, (ii) the importance of forest conservation activities in developing countries, (iii) the REDD+ mechanism, and (iv) the activities of member organizations. Furthermore, information about holistic initiatives carried out by the Japanese private and public sectors will be introduced at every available opportunity such as international conferences.
Member organizations will share the information, knowledge and experiences needed for implementing and facilitating forest conservation activities that include REDD+, and facilitate technical cooperation among member organizations.
Combinations of public support and private funds for forest conservation activities, such as REDD+, will be reviewed, and private business models contributing to forest conservation will be developed, as well as making suggestions and recommendations about appropriately systems and public supports.
Member organizations are expected to contribute to JP3-REDD+ activities according to each situation, using the resources available to them, working with other stakeholders if necessary. They are also expected to actively engage in forest conservation activities that include REDD+ in developing countries, with a medium- and long-term view.
The member organizations and all the other stakeholders are encouraged to reduce 10 million tons CO2eq greenhouse gas emissions (including enhancement of absorbing and storing of the gas), covering annual emissions from daily-life of around 750,000 peoples, in 6 years by 2020, through forest conservation activities in developing countries by the member organizations, while also taking biodiversity conservation and sustainable development (poverty reduction) into due consideration and improving the situations.
*Adapted from “CO2 emissions per person (FY2012): approx. 2,242 kg CO2/person,” (source: Japan Center for Climate Change Actions (JCCCA) official website (in Japanese))
Member organizations must meet the following criteria when carrying out their initiatives:
1. Conclude a written agreement with each government of host country with full prior explanation
2. Observe the laws and regulations in place in each developing country
3. Adequately address environmental and social safeguards
4. Implement MRV (measurement, reporting, and verification)
November 7, 2014 through December 31, 2020 (tentative)
The organization will establish a Knowledge Working Group, Communications Working Group and Business Model Working Group to implement the above-mentioned activities.
Approximately 70 actors, including private businesses, NGOs, government agencies, research institutions and other relevant organizations and authorities, have participated in JP3-REDD+. Facilitating knowledge and technology sharing and discussions, JP3-REDD+ will also continue to increase membership and further contribute to efforts to combat global warming based on public–private cooperation.
Organizers of Working Group