From 9-10 April, the International Institute for Environment and Development hosted a workshop that aimed to explore the latest thinking on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+) — see the highlights here.
On the first day, some of the key players in REDD+ debated the challenges and opportunities for moving REDD+ forward before, on the second day, attention turned to the strategic environmental and social assessments of REDD+ and safeguards.
The event also focused on IIED's forthcoming work on REDD+ and how the Sustainable Development Goals can complement REDD+, and saw the launch of a new Gatekeeper publication that shares three lessons to help ensure the success of a REDD+ project learned by a scheme in southeastern Tanzania.
The workshop featured input from speakers and participants from multilateral agencies, governments, research and conservation organisations, and the private sector. The agenda is available online (PDF).
- An introduction to the Moving ahead with REDD+ workshop: prospects and challenges, by Isilda Nhantumbo (IIED)
- Moving ahead with REDD+: challenges and opportunities, by Josefina Brana-Varela, of WWF International
- Supporting REDD+ readiness and negotiations, by Thais Linhares-Juvenal, of UN-REDD
- Comparing progress in national REDD+ policy processes, by Monica Di Gregorio, of the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and University of Leeds
- Community carbon trading: does the market pay and what is in it for intermediaries (sellers) and buyers?, by Kathleen Edie, of Plan Vivo
- Private sector in REDD+: carbon rights and benefit-sharing issues, by Isilda Nhantumbo (IIED)
- REDD+ financing: BioCarbon Fund Initiative and the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility Carbon Fund, by Mirko Serkovic, of the World Bank
- Critical theme – Moving forward with REDD+ (part one), by Jane Boles, of Era Ecosystem Services
- Critical theme – Moving forward with REDD+ (part two), by Matt Leggett, of Global Canopy Programme
- Strategic Environmental and Social Assessment (SESA) of REDD+ strategy, Nepal, by Barry Dalal-Clayton (IIED)
- Integration of the social and environmental considerations of REDD+ in Democratic Republic of Congo, by Rubin Rashidi, of CN-REDD in Democratic Republic of Congo
- Tanzania experience on incorporating safeguards at pilot project level, by Charles Meshak, of Tanzania Forest Conservation Group
- IIED's future work in REDD+, by Isilda Nhantumbo (IIED)
Questions concerning REDD+ the workshop addressed included:
- Is there a real and long-term commitment by governments?
- How and from where will finance beyond readiness be sourced?
- Can markets alone be liable to compensate or purchase carbon credits likely to be generated by all the countries involved?
- What is the way forward for REDD+?
- Are those driving deforestation equally committed to internalising costs associated emissions?
- What examples of good practice can REDD+ build from?