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The Climate Change and Development Authority (CCDA) with support of UNDP’s Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) REDD+ Project facilitated a validation of Papua New Guinea’s first Summary of Information (SOI) and Safeguards Information Systems (SIS) on 25 September 2020, participated by all relevant stakeholder agencies at the Inter-Agency Technical Working Committee meeting. 

The development of a SIS is one of the three safeguard-related requirementsoutlined by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and is linked to the delivery of results-based payments from REDD+ Policies and Measures (PaMs). The SIS will be working in alignment with the National REDD+ Strategy to have an effective SIS in place that will provide information on the application of the Cancun REDD+ Safeguards in PNG, which has to be in compliance with the guidance of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Whereby,the first SOI is presented on how safeguards listed in decision 1/CP.16 Appendix I, are being addressed and respected in accordance with decisions 12/CP.17, 12/CP.19, 17/CP.21.

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Participants at the SOI & SIS validation workshop. Photo: FCPF Project Presentation at the SOI & SIS validation workshop. Photo: FCPF Project

Mr. Terence Barambi, the CCDA REDD+ Manager during his opening remarks on behalf of the Managing Director said, “The CCDA will closely work with partners across government sector and civil society to strengthen existing and new systems of safeguards within PNG to further preventing negative impacts, and striving to maximize positive effects of REDD+ actions on the development in PNG.”

Initially, the development of the social and environmental safeguards relating to REDD+ in PNG was started in 2012 with support from the UN-REDD Programme, when the draft of the Guidelines on National Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) for REDD+ and formation of a technical working group on SES relating to REDD+ were developed. Later in 2014, after various reviews and analysis of existing policies, laws, and regulation (PLRs), a SIS Roadmap was developed. 

In 2015-2016, with the support of the FCPF Project, PNG adopted a Country Approach to Safeguards (CAS) with a view of meeting multiple international REDD+ Safeguards requirements, especially those of the UNFCCC and the World Bank/FCPF, during which a scoping exercise was also undertaken to evaluate and assess the safeguards related activities previously undertaken in PNG, and several outputs and activities were carried out.

“I hope that with all of these more inclusive systems and required policies, PNG will be in a better position for incentives from REDD+ implementation so to continue taking more effective actions in conserving and sustaining their forests for the next generations to come,” said Mr. Mirzohaydar Isoev, the UNDP’s Chief Technical Advisor on REDD+, adding that, “I also encourage all key stakeholders’ inputs to promote a greater exchange of knowledge, expertise and skills, which then the systems will be well applied and accessed more effectively.”

At the workshop, participants were invited from different stakeholder groups, including academia, non-government organizations, partners, private sector, and other key government institutions from Papua New Guinea Forest Authority (PNGFA), Conservation and Environmental Protection Authority (CEPA), Department of Agriculture and Livestock (DAL), Department of Lands and Physical Planning (DLPP), Prime Minister and National Executive Council (PM&NEC), Department of National Planning and Monitoring (DNPM), Department of Justice and Attorney General (DJAG), Papua New Guinea Constitutional Law Reform Commission (CLRC), Department of Community Development (DCD), Department of Provincial and Local Level Government (DPLLG), Tourism Promotion Authority (TPA), Mineral Resources Authority (MRA), and National Statistical Office (NSO).

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