LISA-REDD Workshop Report: Social Impact Assessment Methodologies for National or Sub-National REDD+
This brief summarizes findings from a LISA-REDD workshop in Nairobi, Kenya, in May 2012. A consortium of international organizations formed the Learning Initiative for Social Assessment of REDD+ (LISA-REDD) in 2011 in order to develop methods, tools, and guidance for assessing and monitoring the social impacts of national REDD+ programs.
These programs aim to address the drivers of deforestation and forest degradation. Although Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) emerged as a way to mitigate climate change, there is growing recognition that it can also contribute to achieving biodiversity and social goals. Participants discussed the most effective ways to carry out LISA-REDD aims and create a plan for piloting it in receptive countries.
• Create enabling conditions to ensure national-level support and ownership.
• Draw upon existing approaches to assessing social impacts in different sectors for guidance and lessons learned.
• Encourage synergies between national REDD+ programs and complementary national level programs in related sectors.
• Ensure that social impact assessments for national REDD+ programs complements ongoing efforts to address social safeguards.
• Draw upon existing and oftentimes diverging approaches to social impact assessments applied to REDD+ projects.
• Further refine and pilot a comprehensive framework to guide the impact assessment process.