UN-REDD Programme Newsletter
Issue 19, June 2011

The latest issue of the UN-REDD Programme newsletter includes, among other articles, reports from the UN-REDD Programme and Ecuador’s side-event at the UN climate change conference (6-17 June 2011, Bonn, Germany) focusing on new tools and country progress in addressing REDD+ safeguards, and from a presentation of the forthcoming FPIC and Recourse guidelines at UNPFII-10 (16-27 May 2011, UN Headquarters, New York).

Safeguards Highlighted at UN-REDD and Ecuador Event in Bonn

The report highlights that through presentations from the UN-REDD Programme, Ecuador, Viet Nam, the Climate Community and Biodiversity Alliance and Tebtebba, more than 120 participants were given an overview of some of the concepts and tools being developed to address safeguards in REDD+ implementation. The Cancunagreement on REDD+ recognized the need to “promote and support” safeguards and requested parties to develop a “system for providing information on how safeguards are being addressed and respected.” Safeguards include critical issues such as forest governance, respect for the knowledge and rights of indigenous peoples and members of local communities and actions that are consistent with conservation of natural forests and biological diversity. The UN-REDD Programme presented its approaches and related products on safeguards, namely: the draft social and environmental principles and criteria and associated risk identification and mitigation tool; the participatory governance assessments for REDD+ designed to identify governance challenges and recommend responses; guidelines on stakeholder engagement and free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) and its draft guidance for the provision of information on REDD+ governance. Tebtebba shared indigenous peoples’ experiences in relation to safeguards, highlighting some inroads that have been made as well as the gaps that still need to be addressed, especially in the area of land tenure. Read the report, including link to presentations …

Indigenous Peoples’ Rights in REDD+ Highlighted at the UNPFII

At the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNFPII), the UN-REDD Programme presented its forthcoming FPIC and Recourse Guidelines, and joint guidelines for stakeholder engagement recently developed with the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility and Forest Investment Program. The issue of upholding the rights of indigenous peoples in forest management was a hotly discussed topic at the session. Observance of the right of indigenous peoples to give or withhold their FPIC on activities that may affect their lands, territories and livelihoods was one of the matters being reviewed by the UNPFII this year. The UN-REDD Programme presented its FPIC and Recourse Guidelines, expected to be released in July 2011 for public review, at a side-event chaired by Vicky Tauli-Corpuz (Tebtebba). The guidelines are being developed using inputs from a series of regional consultations with indigenous peoples’ representatives, and will be used by countries when designing and implementing REDD+ actions. Another side-event highlighted the UN-REDD Programme’s collaboration with the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility and Forest Investment Program, a notable output of which is the joint FCPF and UN-REDD Programme Guidelines on Stakeholder Engagement in REDD+ Readiness with a Focus on the Participation of Indigenous Peoples and Other Forest Dependent Communities. A draft of these guidelines is currently available for public review until 1 July 2011. Read the article, including links to presentations … Download the draft joint FCPF UN-REDD Guidelines currently open for review …