The United Nations Collaborative Programme
on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation
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Social and Environmental Principles and Criteria

The UN-REDD Programme Social and Environmental Principles and Criteria were welcomed as a guiding framework by the eighth UN-REDD Programme Policy Board Meeting in Asunción (Paraguay), in March 2012.

REDD+ has the potential to deliver multiple benefits beyond carbon. Careful planning is required to realize these benefits and mitigate any risks. Particular attention should be paid to biodiversity, ecosystem services, transparent and effective governance, participation, inclusion of stakeholders and indigenous people’s rights. The UN-REDD Programme has been working with REDD+ countries and other partners to develop Social and Environmental Principles and Criteria that can provide a guiding framework on these issues to national REDD+ programmes. The objectives of the Principles and Criteria are:

  1. To address social and environmental issues in UN-REDD National Programmes and other UN-REDD Programme funded activities.
  2. To support countries in developing their national approaches to REDD+ safeguards in line with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

The Principles and Criteria are coherent with and draw from the guidance provided by the Cancun agreements, and emerge from the existing rich body of knowledge and literature on safeguards, standards and certification. They consist of broad principles (overarching, fundamental, active statements) within which a list of criteria have been identified as conditions to be met by UN-REDD Programme-funded activities in order to contribute to the achievement of the Principles. An associated Benefits and Risk Tool has been developed, and will be modified and tested in collaboration countries in the course of 2012.

A public consultation on the Principles and Criteria closed on the 20 January 2012. A follow up workshop was held in Geneva from 5-10 February 2012 (see summary report). We would like to thank the broad range of countries, civil society and partner agencies who contributed both to the consultation and the workshop.

Download the final version of the Social and Environmental Principles and Criteria in English, French and Spanish

A few minor inconsistencies in the translations of the SEPC have been corrected since the Policy Board meeting in March 2012;  corrected versions were uploaded on the 14th May 2012.  No changes to the substance of the Social and Environmental Principles and Criteria have been made.

For further reference, please see:

  • A supporting document, identifying proposed applications and links to other tools, guidance and processes, available in English, French and Spanish
  • A summary of the changes made between version 3 and the final version of the SEPC is available in English, French and Spanish
  • A detailed response matrix to comments received during the public consultation on version 3 of the SEPC.
  • A response matrix to comments received during the consultation on version 2 of the SEPC
  • The summary reportof a meeting between UN-REDD Programme (SEPC and PGA teams) and REDD+ SES – Cambridge 19th March 2012.