REDD+ needs to be implemented at the national scale, something that will demand active engagement from all sectors in Fiji.
Officiating at the REDD+ Awareness Workshop in Labasa yesterday, Commissioner Northern Jovesa Vocea described Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) as a mechanism under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change to mitigate climate change.
Mr Vocea said REDD+ achieved this intention by incentivising actions that reduced deforestation and forest degradation, promoting sustainable forest management, conservation and carbon stock enhancement.
"Forests are considered carbon sink by absorbing carbon from the atmosphere through photosynthesis," Mr Vocea said.
"The increase of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases accumulation in the atmosphere is creating global warming that increases sea level rise, causing coastal inundation intensifying and dictating frequencies of extreme weather.
"Therefore, one of the cheaper global solutions is mitigating global warming by growing and conserving forests."
Mr Vocea encouraged workshop participants from the community level, non-government organisation and Government to treat the week-long workshop as a learning opportunity and a platform to collaborate in mitigating global warming.
"National REDD+ program began in 2009 and some of its achievements include the development of the Fiji REDD+ policy and the formation of the national REDD+ steering committee," he said.
"The program also accesses financing from the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility for the Readiness phase until 2019, undertaking demonstration activities in the REDD+ pilot site with the financing support from Government and German Agency for International Co-operation (GIZ)."