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REDD+ Partnership Discusses Progress Made on REDD+ Database, Measuring and Monitoring
Alongside UNFCCC talks in Panama in October, the UN-REDD Programme supported the REDD+ Partnership's third official meeting of 2011, which discussed the progress made on the Voluntary REDD+ Database, and the Partnerships' workshops on REDD+ safeguards as well as measuring and monitoring REDD+.
The new interface for the Voluntary REDD+ Database was launched to improve the visualisation of the data. More countries are now reporting and the database is continuously growing and improving. The Voluntary REDD+ Database team (comprised of UN-REDD Programme colleagues at FAO in Rome and UNEP-WCMC in Cambridge) is working together with country focal points to improve the quality of the data.
The REDD+ Partnership meeting also received the final report of the REDD+ Partnership Effectiveness Review of Multilateral REDD+ Initiatives. The review was carried out by the IDL Group, and pointed to a number of improvements that have been made in recent months on coordination and effectiveness of the initiatives, but also areas where improvements are still needed. The Partnership acknowledged the recommendations of the review and, building on the study, combined a set of recommendations, which were sent as advice to managers of the multilateral REDD+ initiatives of the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF), the UN-REDD Programme, the Forest Investment Programme and the Global Environment Facility. The recommendations were also presented at the UN-REDD Programme Policy Board meeting and the FCPF Participants Committee in October 2011.
The REDD+ Partnership also held two workshops in Panama; on REDD+ safeguards, and measuring and monitoring REDD+. In the safeguards workshop, partners and stakeholders emphasized the importance and the challenge of finding a balance between: 1) a safeguards approach that is useful for countries and stakeholders, acceptable to international standards, and builds enough confidence in REDD+ to encourage the substantial financial investments required, but 2) does not impose excessive transaction and opportunity costs on the country that could potentially make projects unviable.
In the workshop on measuring and monitoring, the Partnership discussed, among other aspects, the need to consider the multi-functionality of forest resources while achieving the objective of producing acceptable carbon estimates, and how this implies that monitoring systems must inherently be multi-scale and multi-purpose, based on national circumstances and building largely on the national forest inventories. It was noted that it is important to make sure that measuring and monitoring requirements allow all countries to participate, in order to avoid possible leakage.