Tanzania's involvement to REDD
Among the roles of the National REDD Task Force are to coordinate preparation for CoP 15 meeting in Copenhagen that was held in December 2009. This coordination was specifically geared at showcasing lessons learnt with regard to REDD initiatives in Tanzania. Accordingly, a Consulting Company called KILIMANYIKA was earmarked for this task based on its experience in environmental and development activities. KILIMANYIKA thus supported Tanzania by assisting the Tanzania National REDD Task Force at UNFCCC CoP15 in showcasing its plans and achievements in the development and implementation of its national REDD Strategy.
The showcase comprised of presentations on some of the key initiatives related to National REDD Readiness. The REDD Task Force members decided that presentations should be given on Participatory Forest Management, the National Forest Monitoring and Assessment Programme (NAFORMA), Valuing the Arc and participatory monitoring, assessment, reporting and verification (MRV). An important feature of the showcase is that it was developed in a participatory way. Also, each presentation was given by a project representative from each of the initiatives or groups of organisations chosen by the REDD Taskforce to participate in the showcase.
The showcase provided the opportunity for Tanzania to demonstrate its lead in preparing for REDD after 2012, and to share its experiences with the international community. Finally, it is envisaged that depending on the outcome of the UNFCCC negotiations at Copenhagen, a press conference will be held in the beginning of year 2010 to provide feedback and analysis on the potential implications for the development of the country’s National REDD Strategy.