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Transparent, Equitable and Accountable
Management of REDD+ Funds

One of the main prerequisites for national REDD+ systems to function effectively is for REDD+ countries to have the ability to receive, manage and redistribute performance payments in a transparent, equitable and accountable manner.

This is necessary in order to gain the confidence of international investors and local stakeholders alike, and will help ensure the delivery of emission reductions/carbon removal and the desired predictability of performance payments. Such confidence is needed to create a “virtuous circle” of performance and payments that leads to improvements in the way forest resources are used and to sustainable development outcomes.

To support these efforts, the UN-REDD Programme has made “Transparent, equitable and accountable management of REDD+ payments” one of its six priority key work area in its five year strategy and Outcome 3  of its Support to National REDD+ Actions: Global Programme Framework document. UNDP is the lead agency for this work area.

These activities will evolve as an increasing number of countries progress through the phases of readiness and constitutes support to article 73 of the Cancun Agreements. It is integrated, both strategically and programmatically, with activities on  governance on engagement of Indigenous Peoples, local communities and other relevant stakeholders, as well as the work led by UNEP on ensuring multiple benefits of forests and REDD+.

Transparent, equitable and accountable management includes a number of considerations, from the receipt of funds at the national level to their social impact on the ground. Key elements include:

  • Whether the funds are managed by institutions with adequate accounting and fiduciary integrity to sustain the confidence of international investors and national stakeholders
  • The way in which these funds reach the local rights holders and appropriate stakeholders through equitable and timely benefit distribution systems (BDS), ensuring that they continue to incentivize good forest stewardship while generating livelihoods and job opportunities;
  • Reduction of corruption risks, which may take differernt shapes in the readiness and the implementation phases of REDD+;
  • Strengthened contribution to poverty-reduction from the distribution of REDD+ benefits, by building on inclusive growth approaches;
  • The gender dimension for REDD+ benefit- sharing and other outcomes is taken into account
Gender Sensitive REDD+: How To Do It?

June/July 2013

UN-REDD aims to support countries on gender sensitive REDD+ processes by developing a Guidance Note on Guidance Sensitive REDD+.
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Moving from Global Advocacy to Country-level Actions on Anti-Corruption for REDD+

March 2013

The UN-REDD Programme highlights results and outcomes of its regional capacity building efforts on anti-corruption for REDD+, undertaken over the past two years.
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By: Estelle Fach and Tsegaye Lemma

New Report on Freedom of Information and REDD+

January 2013

This new report of the UN-REDD Programme, describes how the implementation of freedom of information laws can inform the development of transparent systems to access REDD+ information.  Read full article…

Two Seminars in Norway Tackle Corruption Prevention in REDD+

July 2012

The UN-REDD Programme recently participated in two seminars in Norway, looking at the complex issue of preventing and combating corruption in REDD+.  Read full article…

Unprecedented Cooperation Established on Anti-Corruption for REDD+ in Africa

May 2012

At a recent workshop in Zambia, participants from seven UN-REDD Programme partner countries, civil society and Indigenous Peoples organizations in Africa signed a joint statement on why and how to deal with anti-corruption efforts related to REDD+. Read full article...

New Go-REDD+ Issue Explores Anti-Corruption Efforts in Forest Sector

May 2012

The latest issue from the UN-REDD Programme Asia-Pacific listserv looks at where anti-corruption efforts should focus in the forest sector in order to achieve the most effective results. Read full article...

Addressing Corruption Risks in REDD+ in Asia-Pacific

November 2011

The UN-REDD Programme recently co-organized two regional workshops in Nepal and Thailand to identify practical recommendations in tackling corruption risks for REDD+. Read full article...

New Study Examines the Role of Local Governance Institutions in Tackling Corruption Risks in REDD+ in Latin America and the Caribbean

September 2011

REDD+ may help reduce corruption in the forest sector if the issue is adequately addressed and local governance institutions empowered. Read full article...

Designing and Implementing Gender-Responsive REDD+ Strategies

August 2011

Specific attention to women’s needs and contributions is key to efficient REDD+ strategies, writes Lucy Wanjiru, Programme Specialist at UNDP. The growing collaboration between UNDP’s gender team and the UN-REDD Programme is supporting this goal. Read full article...

Promoting Transparency and Integrity in REDD+

March/April 2011

Efforts by the UN-REDD Programme and other organizations in the area of anti-corruption and REDD+ underscore the importance of setting up robust transparency and integrity frameworks and mechanisms for REDD+. Read full article...

Understanding drivers and causes of deforestation and forest degradation in Nepal: potential policies and measures for REDD+
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Corruption Risk Assessment for REDD+ in Kenya 

Sharing National Experiences on Transparency Accountability and Integrity for REDD+
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Guidance Note on Gender Sensitive REDD+
English - Español - Français

Ensuring Inclusive, Transparent and Accountable National REDD+ systems: the Role of Freedom of Information
English - Español - Français

Executive Summary:
English - Español - Français

The Business Case for Mainstreaming Gender in REDD+
English - Francais - Español

UN-REDD Asia-Pacific Lessons Learned: Gender

UN-REDD Asia-Pacific Lessons Learned: Anti-Corruption Measures

UN-REDD Asia-Pacific Lessons Learned: Benefit Distribution

“Staying on Track; Tackling Corruption Risks in Climate Change” 
(English - Francais - Español), UNDP 2010.

Role of Local Governance for Anti Corruption REDD+ in Latin America and the Caribbean 
English - Francais - Español
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