REDD+ has the potential to deliver substantial benefits beyond carbon. However, fulfilling this potential depends on careful planning and implementation that effectively address such issues as biodiversity, ecosystem services, transparent and effective governance, participation, inclusion of stakeholders and indigenous people’s rights. Accordingly, the UN-REDD Programme is working with partners and REDD+ countries to develop tools and guidance to enhance the multiple benefits of REDD+ and reduce risks from inadequate planning and implementation.
As part of this work, a set of Social and Environmental Principles and Criteria (SEPC) have been developed. Following discussions held at the eighth UN-REDD Policy Board meeting in Asuncion, Paraguay 25th-26th March 2012, the SEPC were welcomed by the Policy Board as a guiding framework for the UN-REDD Programme. The SEPC are intended to:
- To address social and environmental issues in UN-REDD National Programmes and other UN-REDD Programme funded activities.
- To support countries in developing their national approaches to REDD+ safeguards in line with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
The draft Benefit and Risks Tool (BeRT) has been developed to apply the SEPC in the formulation of national REDD+ programmes and initiatives seeking UN-REDD support, in order to minimise the risks and enhance the multiple benefits from readiness activities. The tool provides a series of questions under each of the 7 Principles and 24 Criteria of the SEPC, to assist UN-REDD Programme staff, national counterparts and other stakeholders to identify the issues to be addressed in UN-REDD supported programmes.
A public and internal review of the draft BeRT has been conducted and many valuable comments were received on the usefulness of the tool, the extent to which it covered the SEPC, and additional potential applications. The UN-REDD Programme is working to further develop the BeRT based on these comments. Any comments on the usability of the BeRT and the potential applications of the tool would be welcome, please email these to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Further guidance and the link to the tool can be found here. If you would like to have further information or receive advice on the use of the BeRT please email: email@example.com