GGO has recently supported four REDD+ countries through processes to integrate gender considerations into their national REDD+ processes: Gender and REDD+ Roadmaps in Ghana , Cameroon and Uganda , were facilitated in partnership with WEDO, and GGO is currently collaborating with MREDD+ to mainstream gender in REDD+ initiatives in Mexico. GGO is supporting each of these countries with follow-up activities in the coming year by supporting development and implementation of gender task forces, or operational gender and REDD+ desks in-country.
Mexico’s Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation Programme (M-REDD) is a five-year project implemented by the M-REDD+ Alliance, a consortium of international and Mexican conservation organizations, including the Rainforest Alliance, the Mexican Fund for the Conservation of Nature (Fondo Mexicano para la Conservación de la Naturaleza), Woods Hole Research Center, Winrock International and the Nature Conservancy. The Environmental Secretariat (SEMARNAT) and the National Forestry Commission (CONAFOR), as well as state and municipal institutions and administrations, are the key bodies representing the Government of Mexico. The main objectives of the M-REDD Programme are to: strengthen the policies and laws necessary for the implementation of a national REDD+ strategy; strengthen institutional and technical capacity with respect to REDD+; create the financial architecture necessary for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, and; establish internationally robust monitoring, reporting, and verification (MRV) systems.
IUCN’s Global Gender Office is currently collaborating with MREDD+ to mainstream gender in REDD+ initiatives in Mexico. Efforts have been primarily geared to include a gender perspective in the legal and public policy frameworks related to REDD+. This involves collaborating closely with the Ministry of the Environment (SEMARNAT) and the National Forestry Commission (CONAFOR), and has resulted in the inclusion of further gender references in the National Strategy for REDD+ and Mexico’s Special Program for Climate Change (PECC). The knowledge generated throughout this project has been documented in the Gender Action Plan for REDD+ (PAGeREDD+) and the Legal and Public Policy Framework Gender Analysis.