Submission by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity to the Secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
CBD Secretariat, 26 September 2011

MONTREAL, CANADA: The CBD Secretariat has made a submission to the Secretariat of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) containing summaries of four expert workshops on the links between biodiversity and REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation and the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks in developing countries), including relevant biodiversity safeguards. The workshops took place during 2010 and 2011 in Nairobi, Kenya; Singapore; Quito, Ecuador; and Cape Town, South Africa. The need for safeguards to address the potential loss of traditional ecological knowledge was highlighted several times during these workshops. In addition, the Quito workshop found that REDD+ safeguards and actions, including for the equitable sharing of benefits, need to be based on clear policies and understanding of sustainable land use, natural resource use, and land tenure rights. ILC impacts and benefit-sharing are closely linked to solving land tenure and rights issues, including the rights to the forest carbon. Similarly, the Singapore workshop highlighted the need to ensure the rights of indigenous peoples and local communities regarding customary use of traditional territories, land and natural resources through national legislation or instruments. The submission was made with reference to the invitation to UNFCCC Parties and accredited observers by the UNFCCC Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) at its 34th session, to submit views on Methodological guidance for activities relating to reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation and the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks in developing countries (FCCC/SBSTA/2011/L.14). Download the submission [pdf] …

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