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Since 2014, led by the National Forestry Commission (CONAFOR) and with the Mexico REDD+ Project and the UN-REDD Programme’s support, Mexico has worked to design and establish its REDD+ National Safeguards System. In December 2017, CONAFOR launched a REDD+ Safeguards Information System.

Through a participatory process, Mexico launched an initial conceptual approach in 2014 and outlined the objectives and elements of Mexico’s National Safeguards System (NSS). Mexico’s NSS defines how the REDD+ safeguards will be applied, and to which activities. It identifies the relevant legal, institutional, and compliance frameworks for the NSS and the design of the Safeguards Information System (SIS). Last month, CONAFOR lauched the Safeguards Information System, developed to collect, analyze, validate and disseminate information on how REDD+ safeguards are addressed and respected in Mexico at national and sub-national levels.

Mexico’s SIS contains general information about REDD+ safeguards, detailed information on the national interpretation of each of the seven safeguards, and documents on the legal, institutional, and compliance frameworks. At the state level, the SIS focuses on seven states where REDD+ early actions are implemented: Campeche, Chiapas, Chihuahua, Jalisco, Oaxaca, Quintana Roo, and Yucatan.

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Figure 1. Mexico’s National Safeguards Information System, CONAFOR 2017

UN-REDD supported Mexico to complete reviews of its legal and institutional frameworks, to articulate the distinction between national and sub-national levels for addressing and respecting REDD+ safeguards, as well as the overall design of the SIS platform. A participatory approach was applied throughout, consulting national institutions, civil society and state-level representatives through five national workshops, two webinars, two internal workshops at CONAFOR, and two state-level workshops in Oaxaca and Chiapas, carried out between 2015 and 2017. Mexico also promoted and participated in several south-south exchanges to share its experience with other REDD+ countries.

Mexico’s Safeguards Information System is planned and built upon existing systems and information sources at the national level, and will serve to present integrated information and issue periodic reports on how REDD+ safeguards are addressed and respected. Together with the National Safeguards System, as a support structure or system that integrates the legal, institutional, and compliance frameworks, this forms Mexico’s basis for addressing and respecting the safeguards.

Mexico has completed its first summary of information on addressing and respecting REDD+ safeguards, another key UNFCCC requirement for receiving results-based payments for REDD+, which is currently under public consultation. It will be submitted to the UNFCCC in early in 2018.

Article prepared by Norma Pedroza, Clea Paz-Rivera, Judith Walcott and Serena Fortuna

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