The Fiji REDD+ National Programme was established in 2009. In 2015, the Programme received US$3.8 million from the World Bank’s Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) to assist with readiness activities for 2015-2019 in order to receive carbon funding for its emissions reduction program (ERP). An additional US$2 million was provided in 2018 by the FCPF to support more consultations and participation, institutional strengthening, capacity building, development and finalization of the National REDD+ Strategy, upgrading and further development of the Forest Reference Emission Level (FREL), a system for Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) and the establishment of the Safeguards Information System (SIS).
Part of the Readiness activities included studies which had to be undertaken in order to prepare Fiji for the ERP phase. They include the Strategic Environmental and Social Assessment (SESA) study and its associated studies – the Environmental Safeguard and Management Framework, the Resettlement Policy Framework, the Process Framework for the Emissions Reduction Program, the Measuring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) study, the Drivers of Deforestation and Forest Degradation (DoDD) study, the Feedback Grievance and Redress Mechanism (FGRM) study, the Benefit Sharing Mechanism and the Carbon Rights Study. All these studies are expected to feed into the production of the following national documents : the Fiji REDD+ Strategy, the Benefit Sharing Plan, the National Forest Monitoring System, the Forest Reference Level and the Safeguards Information System (SIS) that should be completed by June 2020.