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Operationalising National Safeguard Requirements for Results-based Payments from REDD+

As of: August 2020

Objective and activities

The REDD+ mechanism provides for the receipt of payments as well as the implementation of safeguards. They ensure that REDD+ measures have no negative impacts, neither on the environment nor the population. The project supports the partner countries in operationalising safeguards systems. The measures include the development of practical guidelines as well as monitoring and reporting on the safeguards. This will build up knowledge and resources in national and sub-national implementing organisations. The project also helps to develop digital information systems that enable relevant safeguards at different levels to be transferred to the national Safeguards Information System (SIS). In addition to other measures, the project also organises learning events that concentrate on country approaches for REDD+ safeguards and SIS in Africa.
Predecessor project(s)
Exploring mechanisms to promote High Biodiversity REDD: Piloting in Viet Nam

State of implementation/results

  • Project extended until 09/2020.
  • No further activities in Peru.
  • Vietnam: The project has agreed a ‘Joint Action Plan’ for the implementation of the extension phase activities with the State Steering Committee Office for the National Target Program on Sustainable Forest Management and REDD+, VNFOREST (signed in January 2020).
  • Consultancies underway to: i) improve guidelines on sub-national REDD+ safeguards operationalisation, monitoring and reporting; ii) develop practical digital data entry forms, tablet-based and ICT database systems for the collection, aggregation and reporting of sub-national REDD+ safeguards information to the national Safeguards Information System (SIS); iii) make functional improvements to the online SIS web platform.
  • Associated planned consultation meetings with the Sub-Technical Working Group on REDD+ Safeguards on the above have unfortunately been delayed due to COVID-19 since mid-February 2020.
  • Ghana: 2020 work plan agreed with Ghana REDD+ Directorate of the Forestry Commission.
  • Consultant hired to support the development of guidelines on sub-national REDD+ safeguards operationalisation. This assignment includes improving the existing sub-national safeguards-related indicator set to ensure that relevant and sufficient data/information is available to demonstrate that Ghana is addressing and respecting the Cancun safeguards while harmonising this with FCPF and GCF requirements within the context of Ghana’s REDD+ programme. It will also include review of methods, procedures and systems for collecting data/information on sub-national implementation of REDD+ safeguards, and reporting to the national SIS. The initiation of this assignment, has been delayed by COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Work on the Juabeso-Bia Hotspot Intervention Area Management Plan (HIAMP) revision based on stakeholder inputs has been initiated. A major work on the HIAMP involves the prediction of land use change between 2020 and 2025 based on the best available land use change dynamics and drivers in the target landscape. This will ensure targeted prescription of Policies and Measures (PaMs) for specific areas of the landscape with clear expected results.
  • It has become necessary to integrate the participatory forest monitoring guide being developed under the project with the overall landscape scale forest monitoring framework being developed under the P4F fund Partnership for Productivity, Protection and Resilience in Cocoa Landscapes (3PRCL). The framework forest monitoring system aims to integrate satellite based forest monitoring with community based forest monitoring activities of community resource management areas and law enforcement by Forestry Commission.

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Project data

Ghana, Peru, Vietnam

Implementing organisation:
SNV Netherlands Development Organisation - Vietnam

Partner institution(s):
  • Forestry Commission - Ghana, Ministry of Environment (MINAM) - Peru, Vietnam Administration of Forestry (VNFOREST)

BMU grant:
2.352.318,27 €

12/2015  till  12/2020


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