REDD Early Movers Colombia - Results-Based REDD+ Payments


12/2016 - 12/2021

With about 40 million hectares of forest, the Colombian Amazon is characterized by relatively low levels of economic development and a high rate of deforestation. The Government of Colombia proposed zero net deforestation in the Amazon by 2020 to contribute to the well-being of local communities in its Amazon Vision. Germany, Norway and the UK contribute more than USD 100 million in a REDD for Early Movers (REM) scheme to support the reduction of emissions from deforestation in the Colombian Amazonian Biome. Rewarding the results of reducing emissions from deforestation, REM will encourage the Colombian Government to achieve its Amazon Vision goals. The consortium of UNIQUE and GOPA was contracted to offer international consultancy services to the management of the REM / Visión Amazonía program.

Our contribution

  • Support to the management of the coordination of the REM / Visión Amazonía program.
  • Support for the implementation of the 5 pillars of the program.
  • Technical advice on forest governance and environmental governance in indigenous territories.
  • Technical advice on sector planning and production systems.
  • Advice on the System of Monitoring of Forests and Carbon.
  • Advisory on Risk Management within the framework of the Peace Agreement.
  • Support for the development of the result-based payment mechanism for REDD + (proof of concept).

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Publication 'The power of digitalization: Transforming agrifood systems to enhance climate benefits' online
› Publications

Publication 'Evaluation of Initiative for Sustainable Landscapes Program (ISLA)' online
› Publications

Interview with Suzanne van Dijk about dry sommer in the black forest (in german language) in "bergwärts - Magazin des DAV Freiburg-Breisgau e.V." 3/2021, page 39
› www.dav-freiburg.de [PDF; 9.6 MB]

Publication 'Institutional Analysis of the Current National System and Processes Related to Climate Change in Turkmenistan' online
› Publications

Interview with Till Pistorius, head of climate department, on Focus Online ""Wald verschafft uns Zeit": Im Klima-Kampf richtet sich der Blick jetzt auf Afrika"
› www.focus.de

Forest investments


Since 2002 UNIQUE manages natural forests and forest plantations in Paraguay according to the internationally recognized criteria of the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®).

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Company Mission Statement

Who we are
We are an internationally leading German consulting company for forest management and sustainable land use. Our clients are private companies and non-governmental organizations, as well as public institutions such as ministries, forest administrations, development banks and organizations implementing development cooperation. We provide comprehensive support in addressing technical, political and economic challenges in the land use sector - from project planning through implementation to evaluation. Together with our subsidiary companies, we sustainably manage natural forests and forest plantations in Paraguay on behalf of institutional investors.

Our ambition: sustainability, quality and customer orientation
Our consulting services and the management of our forests are bound to economic, environmental and social sustainability. Our work supports the implementation of innovative concepts for efficient and sustainable land use worldwide. In these activities, we orient ourselves according to internationally accepted standards and respective certification schemes. This also applies to our commitment to the excellent professional quality of our services as well as customer satisfaction, which we regard as the basis for long-term relationships and trustworthy cooperation. We are a learning organization and continuously improve the quality of our services - through transparency, quality management and communication with our clients.

Our values and how we implement them
Our employees are the core of the company and their motivation and knowledge are the most important assets of UNIQUE. Their identification with the company, its goals and principles, is very important to us. We practice a participatory leadership style with opportunities for codetermination, a culture of dynamic feedback and the principle of high individual responsibility. We learn together with our partners, and promote the professional and social skills and the personal development of our employees. Our corporate responsibility and commitment to sustainability is ensured through ISO quality management certification and by adhering to FSC principles and criteria.

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