Report Brief: REDD+ Social Safeguards and Standards Review
It includes multilateral and bilateral approaches, non-governmental organization (NGO) initiatives and other relevant efforts. It covers a range of issues, including upholding international conventions and treaties; rights, benefits, and poverty alleviation; governance; avoided involuntary resettlement and grievance mechanisms/access to justice; as well as how they are addressed in each scheme.
- The clearest, most comprehensive and most rigorously worded REDD+ social standards are those of UN-REDD and a few international multi-stakeholder platforms
- In terms of process, the REDD+ Social and Environmental Standards initiative is very strong
- The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and multilateral and bilateral safeguards are subject to inherent challenges “Safeguard” policies and processes that only aim to minimize or prevent REDD+’s negative impacts do not go far enough on their own.
- None of the existing systems of safeguards or standards reviewed covers the full range of social issues in REDD+.
- Simplicity in safeguards and standards will be the key to obtaining results
- Safeguards and standards are integral to providing investor confidence and ensuring the viability of REDD+ in the future.