REDD+ Biodiversity Safeguards: Options for Developing National Approaches
June, 2012. Steve Swan, Monika Bertzky and Lucy Goodman. BioREDD Brief No.2. Biodiversity & REDD+ Updates. Forest Carbon Asia, SNV Netherlands Development Organisation and United Nations Environment Programme – World Conservation Monitoring Centre
Presently, over 20 Asian countries are engaged in REDD+ readiness activities. Each of these countries is committed to promoting and supporting the ‘Cancun safeguards’ for REDD+ activities under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), in addition to delivering on national interpretations of the ‘Aichi Targets’ for the Strategic Plan (2011-2020) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). Applying and adapting existing multilateral safeguards frameworks to national REDD+ strategies and action plans is one clear and tangible national response to international biodiversity safeguard commitments. This has been the focus of post-Cancun activity on safeguards for national governments and their development partners.
This brief explores how a national safeguard approach can be developed that will meet the International policy commitments yet remain consistent with national policy frameworks. It further discusses how SNV together with UNEP-WCMC is exploring a national safeguard approach for Vietnam.
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Keywords: c. National Policy & Legislation, n. Social Aspects, o. Environmental Aspects, Other Publications, Asia, biodiversity, biological diversity, CBD, national REDD+ activities, REDD, Safeguards, Standards, sub-national REDD+ activities, Vietnam