REDD+ Social Safeguards and Standards Review
Key findings of the report included: 1) The UN-REDD social standards include some of the most comprehensive content available, 2) The REDD+ SES initiative process is very strong, 3) The UNFCCC, multilateral and bilateral safeguards are subject to inherent challenges, 4) “Safeguard” policies and processes that only aim to minimize or prevent REDD+’s negative impacts do not go far enough on their own, 5) None of the existing systems of safeguards or standards reviewed covers the full range of social issues in REDD+, 6) Simplicity in safeguards and standards will be the key to obtaining results, and 7) Safeguards and standards are integral to providing investor confidence and ensuring the viability of REDD+ in the future.
Excerpt from the report:
Recommended Safeguards and Standards:
REDD+ needs both safeguards with independent grievance mechanisms and standards, which apply transparent monitoring mechanisms and consequences for non-compliance:
- Safeguard policies and processes need to be more explicitly linked with standards for design, implementation, and monitoring;
- Support is needed for follow-up work on UNFCCC safeguards and safeguard information systems (SIS) issues currently being addressed under the UNFCCC;
- Development of the international REDD+ architecture should prioritize standards that include monitoring and clear thresholds, with consequences for non-compliance; and
- REDD+ donors, particularly bilateral ones, can provide leadership on social (and environmental) standards in REDD+ by making them a priority in REDD+ programming and promoting them in international fora.