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Workshop: REDD+ Beyond Carbon: Safeguards and
Multiple Benefits

The UN-REDD Programme workshop “REDD+ Beyond Carbon: Safeguards and Multiple Benefits”, organised by UNEP-WCMC on behalf of UNEP, was held from 13th-15th November in Cambridge. The workshop bought together 46 delegates, including representatives from 14 UN-REDD Partner countries from all three of the world's major forested regions – Africa, Latin America and Asia, alongside  members of civil society and indigenous peoples organisations. Key objectives of the workshop were to:

  • Share country experiences on planning for multiple benefits and safeguard implementation, and to provide an opportunity for South-South learning.
  • Learn about the decision-support offered by the UN-REDD Programme.
  • Assist UN-REDD Programme partner countries to address multiple benefits, safeguards, and their inclusion in national REDD+ strategies.
  • Evaluate what further work is needed on these topics to meet national needs within the framework of the UN-REDD Programme.
Group photo of workshop participants
Participants discussed applying REDD+ safeguards in country, the quantification, valuation and mapping of multiple benefits, and monitoring the impacts of REDD+ on ecosystem services and biodiversity. Presentations from the workshop can be found here, and the full workshop report is available here.
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"The biggest strength of the UN-REDD Programme is that you have a focal point within the UN system that can pull the resources of the different agencies, that has representation in all tropical forest countries, and the fact that the UN is a leading player in such areas as monitoring, reporting and verfication, governance issues and many other areas. So we definitely need the UN and we need the UN-REDD Programme if we are going to be successful with the REDD+ efforts in the years to come."
Hans Brattskar, Norway's International Climate and Forestry Initiative

"We see REDD as an integrated part when it comes to climate mitigation but also when it comes to livelihood of people and maintaining natural resources… We see that UN-REDD plays an important role in terms of having several UN agencies working together and bringing in some of the expertise that these institutions have, so we see UN-REDD as being part of the global picture of REDD."
Jørgen Karlsen, Denmark

"Japan's contribution of more than US$3 million intends to support the UN-REDD Global Programme, as it places particular importance on the development of common international standards and guidelines in the field such as MRV, safeguards or benefit sharing mechanisms. As a major donor of REDD+, Japan will actively engage in the activities of UN-REDD.”
Akiko Suzuki, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan

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