DRC, Kenya and Nepal Share their Experiences in Strengthening Transparency, Accountability and Integrity for REDD+
On 8 December 2013, the information and knowledge session Strengthening Transparency, Accountability and Integrity for REDD+ showcased in practical details how REDD+ countries approach and use anti-corruption work.
The session took place during the eleventh UN-REDD Programme Policy Board Meeting held in Geneva, Switzerland and was chaired by Mr. Tim Clairs of UNDP/UN-REDD Programme. It offered a unique opportunity to learn about efforts undertaken and results achieved with UN-REDD Programme support over the past two years from DRC (Mr. Victor Kabengele), Kenya (Mr. Alfred Gichu) and Nepal (Mr. Resham Dangi).
Country presentations demonstrated how anti-corruption work informs and feeds into key elements of a national REDD+ strategy, such as a better understanding of drivers of deforestation and forest degradation, safeguards and benefit sharing. For instance, DRC’s REDD+ strategy has a governance pillar, and the country has integrated anti-corruption measures into the design of its National REDD+ Fund. Similarly, Kenya and Nepal are linking the findings of their anti-corruption for REDD+ work to their strategic environmental and social assessment and soon their safeguard information system.
In his response, Mr. Victor Illescas, Latin America’s civil society organization representative to the Policy Board from Guatemala, emphasized the importance of access to information to detect and prevent corruption, as well as the relevance of anti-corruption efforts to careful decentralization processes and fair benefit distribution.
The event also proved useful in showcasing a number of country-designed innovative proposals to address corruption risks in REDD+, such as designing transparent REDD+ registries (DRC and Kenya); de-linking the responsibilities of forest harvest management and sale (Nepal); introducing “codes of conduct for REDD+ activities” and “independent and participatory monitoring and oversight” (Kenya). Questions and contributions from the audience (over 100 participants) highlighted a marked interest and commitment to understand and tackle the problems of corruption and to ensure REDD+ works effectively and equitably. The event also served as a valuable vehicle in promoting and disseminating various knowledge products, tools and lessons learned materials produced by the UN-REDD Programme.
More information on the three countries’ experiences can be accessed in a newly released report and by downloading their presentations here.