Operationalising National Safeguard Requirements for Results-based Payments from REDD+
As of: November 2020
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.
State of implementation/results
- Due to COVID-19 the project was extended to 12/2020.
- No further activities planned in Peru.
- The project has agreed with the Office of the State Steering Committee for the National Target Program for Sustainable Forest Management and REDD+, VNFOREST (signed in January 2020), on a "Joint Action Plan" for the implementation of the activities of the extension phase.
- Functional improvements of the online SIS web platform were completed.
- Ongoing work on: i) improving the guidelines for sub-national REDD+ safeguards operationalization, monitoring and reporting (almost completed); ii) developing practical digital data entry forms, tabular database systems for the collection, aggregation and reporting of sub-national REDD+ safeguards to the National Safeguards Information System (SIS); iii) supporting the first training course on the operationalization, monitoring and reporting of REDD+ safeguards.
- In June 2020, a consultation on the operational guidelines was held with the STWG-SG working group.
- The first training, operationalization, monitoring and reporting of REDD+ Safeguards in Nghe An and Thanh Hoa is scheduled for October/November 2020.
- The project will support consultations at central and regional level on Viet Nams application for result-based REDD+ payments by the Green Climate Fund (GCF) in October 2020. The project will also support the finalization of related Safeguards documents, such as the national Environmental and Social Management Framework, the Gender Action Plan, etc.
- A meeting of the Safeguards Working Group was held on June 26, 2020 to review the project work plan with regard to the restrictions on COVID-19 and also to consult with other projects on safeguards coordinated by the Forest Commission and other stakeholders.
- Participatory Forest Monitoring: From September 21-25, 2020, a community-based real-time forest monitoring was organized for more than 60 participants, including members of the Bia District Municipal Resource Management Areas and staff of the Forestry Commission's Forestry and Wildlife Department. The participants were trained in how to use the smartphone app "Forest-Link" for real-time reporting on forest disturbances in their area.
- Operations underway: i) Preparation of a HIA management plan: The projection of the transformation potential for 2018 to 2025 was carried out for the Juabeso-Bia Cocoa Forest Hotspot Intervention Area using six land use classes - closed forest, open forest, cocoa agroforest, cocoa monoculture, areas for annual crops and settlements. This is currently being interpreted and a possible administrative regulation is being prepared. A final management plan is expected in November 2020.
- ii) Preparation of operational guidelines for monitoring security measures at sub-national level: The first section of the guidelines has been prepared and submitted to the Forestry Commission for review. A wider consultation on the draft is planned for the first week in October 2020. The Operational Guideline consists of three parts covering procedures related to 1) screening of security measures in the project design phase, 2) development of an action plan for security measures in the initial phase of the project, and 3) monitoring of security measures during the implementation of REDD+ projects.
- iii) Development of a mobile application for the SIS website: Based on the draft of the developed template, a consultant has started to design the functionalities of a mobile application to be used for on-site data collection and upload to the SIS website. The SIS website developed together with the design of the mobile application will be launched in October 2020.