The Mongolia’s Forests and Climate Programme is part of the country’s response to climate change, and is equally compatible with the country’s innovative vision for Green Development and meeting the Sustainable Development Goals. Initially, the name of the Programme was REDD+ National Programme Mongolia. However, REDD+ in Mongolia does not intend to only focus on climate change mitigation, since emissions from deforestation and degradation are not as significant as some other countries, but to also to link to the government’s ongoing initiatives on Green Development and Climate Change Adaptation and these are to be highlighted within the countries communication objectives. The UN- REDD Programme aims to build capacity primarily at the national level for government officers and a civil society forum to prepare for the implementation of a REDD+ Programme –which is currently changed to Mongolia’s Forests and Climate Programme, through development of a National REDD+ Strategy, National Forest Monitoring System, Forest Reference Level, and Safeguards Information System. This first phase is classed as the Readiness phase which runs from 2016 to 2018, and hopefully will be followed by a mandate to implement policies and measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the forest sector.
The Communications, Knowledge Management, and Media Strategy (CKMMS)will provide the basis for a “policy and measure” (PAM) to address several indirect drivers of deforestation and forest degradation identified in Drivers analysis undertaken by the UN-REDD/Mongolia’s Forests and Climate Programme. Raising awareness and increasing knowledge about forests, climate change, and the REDD+ readiness activities and process, and linking these to ongoing government initiatives helps to overcome capacity gaps and lack of understanding that characterizes several indirect drivers.