At COP27, Germany, the United Kingdom, Colombia, Ecuador, Mato Grosso and Acre are celebrating 10 years of the REM project.

At COP27, Germany, the United Kingdom, Colombia, Ecuador, Mato Grosso and Acre are celebrating 10 years of the REM project.

Representatives from Germany, the United Kingdom, Colombia, Ecuador, Mato Grosso and Acre celebrated the 10th anniversary of the REM project this Monday, the 14th afternoon, at the Legal Amazon Federation Mini-Auditorium, the 27th. United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, COP 27, Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.

Cameli points out that during these 10 years, Acre has undergone significant changes in its economic development model. Photo: Pedro Devani/SECOM

Launched at Rio+20 in 2012, the Global REDD Early Movers Program (REM) is the German government’s initiative in REDD+ that rewards countries or sub-national organizations that make pioneering efforts in forest conservation. Acre State first received a pilot project: REM Acre Phase I Project (2013 to 2017).

A benefit-sharing program that supports tribal people, extractive producers, and small producers of family produce among other sectors that add to forest conservation efforts. The program is one of the financial instruments supporting the strengthening of the Ecosystem Services Promotion System (SISA).

During this meeting the progress and challenges of the project were presented. Photo: Pedro Devani/SECOM

In 2018, the State of Acre continued with the second phase of the REM, with the financial contribution of the United Kingdom to implement projects aimed at forest conservation and support for sustainable production chains, through the implementation of sub-projects: indigenous territories. ; Strengthen sustainable family production, sustainable livestock diversification, SISA and REDD+ mechanisms.

Acre’s governor, Cladson Cameli, points out that in these 10 years, Acre has undergone significant changes in its economic development model, with projects aimed at stimulating sustainable forestry activities.

The REM program adds to efforts for forest conservation. Photo: Pedro Devani/SECOM

“Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the REM Acre project is thanks to the pioneering spirit of the German government, the commitment of various departments of the Acre state government and the indigenous, extractive, riparian and community people contributing to conservation. We are grateful for this important financial assistance that has brought benefits to thousands of families. I would like to reaffirm my commitment to achieving the implementation goals of the second phase of the project, with the main objective: reducing deforestation and illegal burning, Cladson Camille emphasizes.

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Kate Hughes, Director of UK Business, expressed her delight at the celebration and pledged her commitment to the continuation of the REDD+ initiative.

“Celebrating 10 years of the REM Acres program is thanks to the pioneering spirit of the German government, combined with the commitment of various departments of the Acre state government,” said Governor Gladson. Photo: Pedro Devani/SECOM

“We are committed to the long term. 10 years into this initiative, it shows us the way, how to do it, and how far we have already walked and already succeeded. It allows us to see what went well, the lessons learned and the results achieved. REM is our climate finance “The UK is committed to being an important part of the contribution. In Acre, we were impressed by how they responded to the pandemic through food donations. We look forward to continuing to partner with governors and communities. Together, we will reduce the rate of deforestation in the Amazon.”

The portfolio manager of the REM project, Klaus Konlein, gave a brief presentation of the lessons learned over the past 10 years and highlighted the project’s estimated number of around 137,000 beneficiaries and 41,000 hectares of degraded areas.

Project activities reached 137,000 beneficiaries and 41,000 hectares of degraded areas were rehabilitated. Photo: Pedro Devani/SECOM

“REM is a laboratory and we can look at initiatives that have already worked and others that haven’t, so REM is an example of what can be done in REDD+ programs. The epidemic has affected executions in the three countries and four jurisdictions where we operate, but we are confident that we will achieve better executions.” , for that, we want to ask for more participation and social contribution from the governors.

Francisca Arara, an indigenous woman and an employee of the Institute for Climate Change and Environmental Services Regulation (IMC), spoke about her pride in participating in the ceremony to celebrate 10 years of REM and asked for the continuation of the program in Acre.

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“I am proud to celebrate with our international partners. For Acre, the REM project is very important as many benefits have come to date for the tribal people, rural producers, riverside communities and extractives. This partnership should be taken to the next level with more benefits and new projects. Tribal communities and other communities It takes pure energy to reach”.

Roseneide Sena, General Coordinator of the REM Acres Phase II Project at the State Department of Planning and Management (Seplag), said the project highlights the learning generated for the state.

“REM is the only REDD system project implemented so far. Considering the responsibility of sub-national institutions in Brazil’s climate commitments, it has been 10 years with clear results and important lessons with tradition. In 10 years, REM reached 7.2 million hectares of forest, reached 25,893 beneficiaries of traditional communities and indigenous peoples. It is a tremendous honor to be a part of this story that begins a decade of learning and new opportunities.”


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