REDD+ aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through maintaining and enhancing forests in developing countries, along with the carbon they store.
In recent years, Myanmar has developed a national safeguards approach (English | Myanmar), with the participation of government agencies, NGOs, communities, and other stakeholders. Forming a key element in the national safeguards approach, the national safeguards clarification (English | Myanmar) consists of 7 principles and 29 criteria, setting out the expectations for how REDD+ should be planned and implemented in Myanmar, and a series of indicators to help track progress, i.e., how the safeguards are being addressed and respected.
The Myanmar Mangroves Initiative has continued to support the implementation of safeguards, with a focus on ensuring the environmental sustainability and social equity of community forestry in mangroves. The initiative focused on the development and piloting of a guidance package on how the safeguards should be applied to actions on the ground, especially in mangrove communities, and the review of community forestry and community-protected area procedures and manuals from a safeguards perspective. XX communities participated in activities to increase awareness of safeguards issues and test elements of the guidance, providing valuable lessons on practical ways to implement safeguards together with communities.
Tools and Resources
Guidance on implementing safeguards for REDD+ in Myanmar
Introduction to Operationalising REDD+ Safeguards in Community Forestry in Myanmar
09 SEPT 2023 | Presentation
Social and Environmental issues in Community F orestry in Myanmar and Experiences in applying Safeguards.