A Review of the Biodiversity Goals and Proposed Monitoring Methods in National REDD+ Programs
From the review, it showed the seven of the 15 countries indicated that biodiversity conservation is an important objective of their REDD+ program, and all countries intend to meet UNFCCC safeguard requirements. The countries’ Emissions Reductions Program Idea Note (ER-PIN) also contained biodiversity-specific information, which was useful to the REDD+ review.
The report outlines several areas of improvement to the process wherein despite potential synergies between REDD+ and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), only eight of the countries mentioned their commitments to CBD within their REDD+ documentation such as the Readiness Preparation Proposal. Additionally, there is opportunity between the commitments and programs to share data, but first a system for integrating data at difference scales will need to be designed.
Excerpt from the report:
This study reviews documents developed early in the REDD+ readiness process to explore how emerging national-level REDD+ programs are addressing biodiversity issues. The review focused on the following key questions:
- What types of biodiversity benefits do national REDD+ programs seek to provide?
- What policies and measures do countries plan to use to generate biodiversity benefits?
- Do national REDD+ programs link to other national biodiversity objectives (e.g., National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs) that are developed for the CBD, and conversely, do the national biodiversity documents indicate coordination with the REDD+ program?
- Are biodiversity monitoring methods described for the REDD+ program, and are these coordinated with NBSAP or other national monitoring programs?
- Do countries plan to use sub-national REDD+ initiatives to contribute to national biodiversity goals and monitoring?