REDD+ Regional Coordination Units

Regional REDD+ Coordination Units (RRCUs)
Alongside the Oromia Forested Landscape (REDD+) Program, four REDD+ Coordination Units (RCUs) have been opened and made operational in Amhara, SNNP, Benishangul-Gumuz and Tigray regions for driving regional readiness and support the design of regional REDD+ programs.
The other regional states namely, Gambella, Ethiopia-Somali, Afar, and Harari, are currently represented by REDD+ Focal Persons and similar REDD+ entities will be instituted gradually. The Regional REDD+ Coordination Units the regional counterpart of the National REDD+ Secretariat will largely be responsible in coordinating implementing actors at regional level and monitoring the implementation activities (including safeguards and MRV activities within its jurisdiction) by lower level implementing units (e.g. Woreda REDD+ Implementation Units-WRIUs).
The regional level REDD+ management entities are constituted in more or less the same way as in the federal arrangement while taking into account regional circumstances. The overall implementation arrangement at the regional level is expected to provide a coordination platform in bringing together all relevant actors together and ensure their full participation in the planning, execution and monitoring of REDD+ implementation activities within the regional jurisdiction. Wherever appropriate, similar Zonal level coordination mechanisms will be put in place.
Lower level REDD+ institutions are being developed, and will be part of Regional REDD+ implementation arrangement.. Wereda level REDD+ implementation units will serve as a coordination platform where relevant REDD+ actors will fully coordinate in implementing REDD+ activities across sectors and across spatial scales within each region. For this, while aWereda REDD+ Steering committee, chaired by the Woreda Administration. will oversee and regularly monitor the implementation of REDD+ activities at wereda and local level and Wereda REDD+ Implementing Unit composed of major implementing actors at Wereda level (e.g. agriculture, livestock, forestry, land use etc...) will be responsible for day to day implementation of REDD+ activities. A Woreda REDD+ coordinator will be responsible for coordination of REDD+ implementation in the short term, and this task will be taken over by the government eventually following the management arrangement described above. In making the management arrangement at Wereda (local) level more efficient and cost-effective, existing structures for other developmental projects (e.g., SLMP Woreda Team) can be used (if available) in the management and coordination of REDD+ activities.