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Safeguards and Multiple Benefits Workshop in Nairobi

From 17-19 September 2013, 45 participants from sixteen African countries attended the workshop "Planning for REDD+: Incorporating multiple benefits and safeguards", alongside donor, civil society and indigenous people's representatives. The workshop was held in the United Nations Office in Nairobi.

The expected outcome of the workshop was to enhance the knowledge of participants to help them advance their countries’ work on REDD+ safeguards and multiple benefits, through the exchange of national experiences and access to support from technical experts. Participants left with a record of potential risks and benefits from national REDD+ actions, increased understanding of tools for developing a national approach to safeguards, materials related to spatial REDD+ planning and a list of next steps related to REDD+ strategy development in their country.

Participants at the Safeguards and Multiple Benefits Workshop in Nairobi.

The objectives were successfully achieved through different types of activities offered to the participants. Country delegates from Tanzania, Nigeria and the DRC shared their national experience of REDD+ spatial planning, and experts from FAO, UNDP and UNEP facilitated interactive discussion sessions, giving participants direct access to expertise of the UN-REDD Programme. Presentations from the workshop are available online here.

The workshop culminated with “clinic sessions” on the third day. Participants divided into one francophone and two anglophone groups to collaborate on two specific issues they identified as of priority interest for them. The small size of the groups and the way the exercises were conducted enabled each participant to actively contribute. Topics included identifying datasets and institutional approaches useful for REDD+ spatial planning and investigating in detail approaches for identifying existing laws, policies and regulations of relevance to the Cancun safeguards. A detailed look at the Cancun safeguards themselves and tools available for implementing them were also offered in one session.

Future needs identified by countries were related to a better understanding of the UNFCCC context; reviews and development of policies, laws and regulations (including regarding enforcement); development of safeguard information systems; understanding the relationship between the World Bank safeguards/Strategic Environmental and Social Assessment (SESA) and the Cancun safeguards; how spatial analyses and maps can inform the development and implementation of REDD+ safeguards; resources for stakeholder analysis engagement with communities, and further facilitation of knowledge exchange among REDD+ countries. Participants expressed significant satisfaction with the workshop content and timing.





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Viet Nam, Norway and UN officially Launch the Viet Nam UN-REDD Phase II Programme

“Happy Fifth Birthday, UN-REDD!” - Celebratory Toasts on the Programme’s Fifth Anniversary

Engaging Stakeholders Early in the REDD+ Process: Approaches from the Republic of South Sudan

REDD+ Talks: Leaders from business, UN and forest communities highlight REDD+ to tackle climate change

REDD+ Stakeholders Calling for Greater Leadership by Women to Face Cultural Norms and Recognize Women’s Role in Forest Management

Upcoming South-South Exchange Study Tour on Stakeholder Engagement and Communications in REDD+: Lessons from Cambodia

Safeguards and Multiple Benefits Workshop in Nairobi

Ecuador Strengthens its REDD+ Working Group and Debates Participatory Governance Assessments

En Ecuador se Consolida Mesa REDD+ y se Debate la Evaluación Participativa de Gobernanza

Latest Developments on Legal Preparedness Support for REDD+

Asia-Pacific Countries Share Progress on National Forest Inventory Systems

New Publication: REDD+ and the 2020 Aichi Biodiversity Targets

Reports & Analysis

New Go-REDD+ Issue From UN-REDD in Asia-Pacific

Looking ahead

Oslo REDD Exchange
29-30 October, 2013: Oslo, Norway

Climate Change, Forests and the Law in Africa: Addressing Governance & Research Challenges Symposium
9 November, 2013: St John’s Divinity School, University of Cambridge, UK

Global Landscapes Forum
16-17 November, 2013:Warsaw (Mazowieckie), Poland

11-22 November, 2013: Warsaw (Mazowieckie), Poland
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