Monitoring Governance for REDD+
The UN-REDD Programme and Chatham House organized a second expert workshop this month at FAO headquarters in Rome to discuss national requirements and guidance for monitoring governance safeguards.
The expert workshop, held on 18-19 November and facilitated by Paul Hohnen, Chatham House, brought together a range of stakeholders, including government representatives from REDD+ and donor countries as well as civil society and academia to discuss the production of a guidance framework for the development of national systems to monitor governance for REDD+.
Building on progress made at the first meeting held in May 2010, the workshop opened with presentations on operational considerations for monitoring governance. Rosalind Reeve, Chatham House, started off with an overview of governance monitoring for REDD+ in multilateral fora, including the UNFCCC, the UN-REDD Programme, FCPF and FIP. Eva Muller, FAO, updated participants on the FAO-World Bank initiative on indicators for good forest governance. This initiative draws commonalities between existing approaches to forest governance assessment (such as those of the World Bank, FLEGT, World Resources Institute etc.) in order to develop a core set of principles and criteria.
|The UN-REDD/Chatham House governance workshop on 18-19 November brought together a range of stakeholders, including government representatives from REDD+ and donor countries as well as civil society and academia.
Field perspectives from Ecuador (Daniela Carrion), Kenya (Erikkla Antti), Indonesia (Emmy Hafield) and Tanzania (Felician Kilahama) then illustrated a variety of institutional arrangements and approaches, highlighting the importance of taking stock of ongoing in-country efforts to address, assess and monitor governance for REDD+. Peter Holmgren, FAO/UN-REDD, shared his vision of a comprehensive monitoring framework for REDD+ covering (1) carbon emissions, (2) the environment, (3) social safeguards and (4) governance. An overall framework would serve both the needs of national policy processes (including compliance with international commitments) and of implementation on the ground. To continue the discussion, Rosalind Reeve presented a proposed what, how and who of governance monitoring, based on the background paper prepared by Jade Saunders, Chatham House, which develops operational considerations around three pillars - transparency, appropriate accountability and cost-effectiveness - and proposes an indicative national system for monitoring governance for REDD+.
These presentations laid the ground for working group and plenary discussions organized around “what” should be monitored, “how” it should be monitored and “who” should monitor it. The three groups commented on the framework emerging from the background papers and formulated recommendations on the style and structure for the draft guidance. In addition to inputs on the substance, participants emphasized the need to produce a short and practical document that will facilitate the use of existing voluntary guidelines, assessment and monitoring tools, help institution building, and be useful to stakeholders ranging from ministers to field practitioners. Participants also agreed on a drafting and review process towards an expected released date in March 2011.
The workshop report is being finalized and circulated among participants and will soon be made available on the UN-REDD Programme website.