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Using spatial information to support decisions on safeguards and multiple benefits for REDD+ in Tanzania

Fri, 20 Dec, 2013

 REDD+ has the potential to contribute to achieving more policy goals than

climate mitigation alone. In Tanzania, REDD+ is expected to deliver multiple
benefits, whose nature and extent will depend on the location and type of
REDD+ activity implemented. These benefits include sustainable use of forest
resources, biodiversity conservation, poverty alleviation, maintenance of
forest dependent communities’ rights, and improved community livelihoods.
The REDD+ safeguards agreed under the United Nations Framework
Convention on Climate Change are intended to guide REDD+ implementation
to avoid adverse effects to people and the environment, and to ensure
multiple benefits.
During the last years, the Tanzanian Forest Service has produced a unique
set of forest, socioeconomic and governance related data and maps from
32 000 field inventory plots and interviews with 3500 households and 1100
key informants, which among other sources of data have been used for the
production of analysis and maps in this publication.
Maps can help to increase understanding of the spatial distribution of
such potential benefits, and support decision-making on where and how
REDD+ might be implemented. The maps presented in this brochure were
developed to support Tanzania’s implementation of the REDD+ safeguards,
and planning for multiple benefits from REDD+. Themes include natural
forest, biodiversity, ecosystem services, drivers of deforestation and forest
degradation, and potential zones for implementation of REDD+ activities

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