Asia-Pacific Regional Consultation and Capacity-building Workshop on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries, including on Relevant Biodiversity Safeguards
14-18 March 2011 (Singapore City, Singapore)

The tasks for this workshop, intended to facilitate both the CBD and the UNFCCC discussions on relevant biodiversity safeguards for REDD-plus, were to: (i) discuss aspects of the application of relevant safeguards for biodiversity in the context of REDD-plus, and to (ii) identify possible biodiversity indicators to assess the contribution of REDD-plus to achieving the objectives of the Convention on Biological Diversity, and assess potential mechanisms to monitor impacts on biodiversity.

Among others, workshop participants emphasized that a well-implemented REDD-plus mechanism also has the potential to enhance the ecosystem services to deliver multiple benefits for countries, in particular to indigenous peoples and local communities; and developing safeguards for the protection and conservation of natural forests and biodiversity, for respecting the knowledge and rights of indigenous peoples and local communities, and also for promoting their full and effective participation in relevant REDD-plus activities and processes is essential for the success of the REDD-plus approach in general. Findings and recommendations from the working groups address, among others, the need to retain the spirit and effectiveness of the safeguards in UNFCCC decision 1/CP.16, when they are applied at national level. Many national level policies, laws and regulations, which are applicable to REDD-plus biodiversity safeguards already exist, although they were not developed specifically for that purpose (e.g., forest and protected area legislation). Such policies, including those based on traditional ecological and local knowledge, should be considered as a basis for REDD-plus efforts. In addition, national biodiversity strategies and action plans could be an important basis for incorporating biodiversity measures in REDD-plus policies. Findings and recommendations related to the assessment of REDD-plus impacts on biodiversity include the need to ensure through national legislation the rights of indigenous peoples and local communities regarding customary use of traditional territories, land and natural resources. Download the report of the meeting [pdf] …

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