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Commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and REDD+

10Jan2017Jan10,2017
Environmental law and Climate changes
PREPARATION OF NATIONAL STRATEGY FOR IMPLEMENTING AND FINANCING THE BRAZILIAN NATIONALLY DETERMINED CONTRIBUTION (NDC) TO THE PARIS AGREEMENT

After the Paris Agreement came into force on November 4, 2016, the Brazilian Ministry of Environment is preparing the National Strategy for implementing and financing actions and measures to comply with the reduction commitments for greenhouse gas emission established in the Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC)1.

In order to support this work during the course of 2017, the Ministry of Environment made available a Based-Document2 for public consultation and comments. The Brazilian Forum on Climate Change will promote a dialogue between the federal, state and municipal governments, relevant sectors of the economy, such as biofuels, forestry, electric energy, agribusiness, transport and industry, as well as representative entities, social organisations and interested groups.

Comments must be forwarded, in a form made available on the site3, by March 15, 2017, and sent to the e-mail address [email protected]

2. REDD+

On December 16, 2016, the National REDD+ Committee (“CONAREDD +”)4 enacted Resolution Nº 05 establishing general principles for REDD+ result-based payment in accordance with the National REDD+ Strategy.

Among the 10 principles, we highlight the following:

• REDD+ is a financing instrument for sustainable development and is a means of implementing Brazil’s NDC;

• REDD+ result-based payments must comply with Brazilian law and be approved by CONAREDD+;

• Result-based payments do not constitute an international transfer for mitigation the obligations of other countries as to greenhouse gas emissions;

• The mitigation benefits of REDD+ activities carried out in Brazil will be reflected in the calculation of national emissions and removal of greenhouse gases.

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