A Guide for Consistent Implementation of REDD+ Safeguards

Whilst the REDD+ mechanism has not yet been adopted under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), several multilateral initiatives are currently in place funding REDD+ activities. These multilateral initiatives, such as the World Bank, the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) and the UN-REDD Programme among others, have also developed or are in the process of developing their own set of ‘safeguards’  and associated  requirements for REDD+ activities financially supported by them.

The ‘safeguards’ and requirements from these various multilateral initiatives are not necessarily in line with the UNFCCC REDD+ Safeguards.  As a result, conflicting requirements have become a burden for countries, leading to overlapping activities, increased transactional costs and, finally, hindering countries efforts to ensure the effectiveness and sustainability of REDD+.

Is important countries are able to define a set of safeguards that are to be applied in the country in a cohesive manner, ensuring that all REDD+ activities within their jurisdiction are covered by highest set of safeguard policies that apply across the board, regardless of the funding source or initiative. This guide aims to assist national and local policy makers, local community and indigenous peoples’ representatives, civil society, donors and REDD+ practitioners in assessing the different parameters of protection or recognition of the ‘safeguards’ of these initiatives in relation to the UNFCCC REDD+ Safeguards. 

This guide provides a comparative analyses of the ‘safeguards’ and policy requirements of the UN-REDD programme; the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF); the World Bank (WB) as the FCPF relies on the WB policies; the Forest Investment Programme (FIP) and the multiple delivery partners of the FIP and FCPF, such as the Inter-American Development Bank and the Asian Development Bank. This guide also covers the REDD SES initiative, as it is the only initiative specifically developed to support countries in the monitoring and reporting of REDD+ safeguards. A comprehensive legal and policy analysis of the ‘safeguards’ of these REDD+ related initiatives is provided and recommendations and considerations are offered with the objective of addressing any gaps in the safeguards of the selected REDD+ initiatives.

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Published June 1, 2013
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