Regional Expert Workshop on REDD+ Co-Benefits

The International Climate Initiative (ICI) convened a workshop in the Philippines from 27 to 29 September 2011 to address the topic of 'Maximising the Co-benefits of REDD+ Actions'. 

Organised together with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources of the Philippines and with assistance from the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, the workshop provided a forum for experts involved in ICI projects in nine South-East Asian countries and the Pacific Islands. Delegates represented governments, the private sector and civil society. Speakers included high-level representatives of the government of the Philippines, notably Minister Mary Ann Lucille L. Sering, Secretary of the Philippine Climate Change Commission, and Neria Andin, Director of the Environment Department's Forest Management Bureau. Participants exchanged views and experience on how ICI projects contribute to national strategies to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+) and how such activities enhance co-benefits and integrate safeguards. 

'Co-benefits' are the positive ecological and socio-economic side effects of REDD+ activities, such as protection against soil erosion, maintenance of water supplies and improvement of local economic development. 'Safeguards' are designed to ensure that REDD+ activities do not have adverse effects such as diminished biological diversity or lost sources of income for local people.

With Typhoon Nesat raging outside the conference venue, Minister Sering underscored in her address how vulnerable the Philippines are to the impacts of climatic changes, and stressed the need to commit to mitigation and adaptation. Participants closed the two-day workshop by adopting, as a main outcome of the meeting, a set of key messages on how to address co-benefits and safeguards. The German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) immediately conveyed these messages to a REDD+ Partnership meeting taking place simultaneously in Panama. The REDD+ Partnership is a global platform for the coordination and implementation of REDD+ initiatives in developing countries. It is currently co-chaired by Germany and Guyana. The various ICI projects were able to use the workshop to network and share experience, thus advancing South-South exchange. 

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