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The Philippines Seeks Inputs from UN-REDD on REDD+ Safeguards

The UN-REDD Programme shares its experience during a consultation workshop on biodiversity and governance safeguards in the Philippines.


The UN-REDD Programme presented its Social and Environmental Principles and Criteria (SEPC), as well as its work on Multiple Benefits for REDD+ and the Participatory Governance Assessments (PGA) for REDD+ at a recent consultation workshop organized by the Philippines-Swiss REDD+ initiative. The Ateneo School of Government and HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation hosted a multi-stakeholder safeguards consultation workshop, with a focus on biodiversity and governance, in the Philippines from 31 March to 1 April 2012.

The workshop gave special focus to the implementation of biodiversity and governance safeguards, monitoring and reporting on safeguards and financing of safeguards. The discussion revealed a rich body of experience on implementing and monitoring safeguards, highlighting the need to compile these experiences into concrete lessons for REDD+ actors. Forest tenure, cross-sectoral coordination and the definition of "performance" emerged as key challenges in relation to safeguards. Suggested options to address these issues included community-based monitoring and convergence between the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Convention on Biological Diversity.

The workshop brought together experts and practitioners on REDD+ governance and biodiversity safeguards from civil society, Indigenous Peoples organizations and the public and private sectors.  This included the UN-REDD Programme and other participants such as the Africa Forest Forum, the International Tropical Timber Organization and the CoDE REDD+ partnership which co-prepared the Philippine National REDD+ Strategy.

The input received during the workshop will be used for the development of training and capacity building materials to further assist REDD+ countries. The report of the workshop will be available in the coming weeks at www.asg.ateneo.edu.

 
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