April 2015 – Ugo Ribet. CLP and the GIZ REDD/CCAD Regional Programme have just released a new Report presenting initial experiences and lessons learned from tropical forest countries currently developing Country-Led Safeguards Approaches (CSA) to meet international safeguard requirements related to REDD+.
Following its adoption at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change's (UNFCCC) 19th Conference of the Parties (COP19) in 2013, the Warsaw Framework for REDD+ consolidates the requirements that must be met by countries in order to receive results-based payments. However these requirements were intentionally left somewhat broad in the interests of flexibility and preserving national sovereignty. This is particularly true in the case of the REDD+ safeguards, which must be "addressed and respected" when implementing all activities and during all phases of REDD+. The question is how best to do this?
One-approach countries have chosen to adopted to follow is the Country-led Safeguards Approach (CSA) that allows them to respond to international, safeguard-related commitments in a methodologically robust way, building on their existing governance system (which is composed of the legal, institutional, and compliance frameworks). This approach aims to allow countries to operationalize the safeguards, as well as to monitor and report on their implementation.
The Report provides an overview and analysis of the initial experiences and lessons learned from countries that have already started implementing the CSA approach. The objective of this report is to provide a snapshot of the steps that are being taken on the ground to meet international safeguard requirements through the CSA and to provide insights on best practices and early difficulties encountered and recommendations on how these early challenges could be overcome.
This document is principally geared towards national authorities charged with implementing country-level commitments for safe¬guards, as well as decision-makers and officials involved in REDD+ processes. It could also be of particular use to representatives from development agencies providing technical and financial assistance to countries for the implementation of their commitments around REDD+ safeguards, as well as to civil society engaging, or about to engage in national safeguards processes.