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ASIA-PACIFIC SOUTH-SOUTH LEARNING EVENT ON COUNTRY APPROACHES TO REDD+ SAFEGUARDS AND SAFEGUARDS INFORMATION SYSTEMS 

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To protect against potential risks and promote benefits from REDD+, seven safeguards must be supported throughout the implementation of REDD+ actions. These are known as the "Cancun safeguards", and were agreed at the 16th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate held in Cancun in 2010 (COP16).

Many UN-REDD partner countries are developing safeguards approaches and information systems with UN-REDD Programme support. To help share the latest information on country progress, this page includes links to workshop reports and materials (especially from 2015 onwards) as well as more formally published outputs. Spatial analysis products whose goals include safeguard support are found on the Multiple Benefits Country Resources Hub.

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A wealth of global knowledge products are also available on the Safeguards Technical Knowledge page.  

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The UN-REDD Programme hosted a side event at COP22 in Marrakesh for South-South exchange between REDD+ countries on reference levels and results reporting.

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Following its Cross-Sectoral Policy Dialogue on REDD+, Nepal’s REDD Foresty and Climate Change Cell under the Ministry of Forests and Soil Conservation has now released its study on “Understanding drivers and causes of deforestation and forest degradation in Nepal: potential policies and measures for REDD+” (also available at www.tinyurl.com/nepal-drivers-redd). Building on the country’s Readiness Preparation Proposal that had initially identified priority drivers in Nepal, the study adopts a political ecology perspective to analyze drivers and to emphasize the underlying political and socio-cultural causes beyond proximate drivers. Economic, transparency and accountability, tenure, socio-political, demographic and technological factors are each examined to highlight the differentiated manners that they influence illegal logging, encroachment, fuelwood consumption and road construction.

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The REDD-Forestry and Climate Change Cell at the Ministry of Forests and Soil Conservation of Nepal has recently released three policy briefs on 1) Demand and Supply of Wood Products, 2) Drivers of Deforestation in the High Mountain Regions, and 3) Invasive and Alien species as Drivers. These briefs tie to the larger study on "Understanding Drivers and Causes of Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Nepal: Potential Policies and Measures for REDD+", supported by the UN-REDD programme, which will be released early next year. Nepal's three policy briefs were also showcased during the UN-REDD Information Session on Sharing National Experiences on Strengthening Transparency, Accountability and Integrity for REDD+" held on 8 December in Geneva.

On 8 October, Nepal's REDD+ Cell convened a national workshop to seek feedback from core governmental and non-governmental stakeholders on two upcoming studies, supported by UN-REDD through its targeted support modality and executed by Forest Action, on drivers of Deforestation & forest Degradation and REDD+ financing.

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The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, Griffith University and the University of Southern Queensland present a discussion paper from the Action Research Project to Develop a National Quality-of-governance Standard for REDD+ and the Forest Sector in Nepal. The process of developing a voluntary national standard in Nepal through online surveys, key informant interviews, a multi-stakeholder forum and field consultation, has provided an innovative and field-tested apporach to standards development. Read the paper here.

On 25 March the Government of Nepal's REDD+ Cell hosted a workshop to initiate the targeted support activities implemented by the UN-REDD Programme and executed by Forest Action, and gather recommendations on the methodology. The workshop programme, presentations on the two studies and more information are available under the Nepal TS folder here.

Three missions - to Nepal, Bangladesh and Bhutan - are planned in the next few weeks to accompany the anti-corruption targeted support currently underway.

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UNEP, the Asia-Pacific Forum for Environment and Development (APFED) and ICIMOD organized a workshop on “Environment in Asia Pacific: Communicating the Issues” from 18 to 21 November in Kathmandu, Nepal. The workshop brought 70 journalists and reporters from different media and 21 countries into an active dialogue with environment experts on some of the most pressing environmental issues facing the region. Read more

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The Forests Dialogue (TFD)’s Scoping Dialogue on the Exclusion and Inclusion of Women in the Forest Sector took place in Kathmandu, Nepal, 21-24 September. UN-REDD attended this Scoping Dialgue together with a wide range of participants, the first to be organized on this topic. Among other subjects, participants discussed how women's inclusion can lead to a more effective and sustainable forest management and REDD+. All papers, presentations and additional information from the Scoping Dialogue have been posted on the TFD website.

The Center for People and Forests' guidebook on Free, Prior and Informed Consent in REDD+ is now available in Bahasa Indonesia and Nepali. Their other publication "Climate Change, Forests, and You," a resource for community level facilitators to provide explanations about the basics of climate change and the role of forests,  is available in Indonesian and Vietnamese.

The first regional Strategy and Planning meeting on Anti- Corruption for REDD+ in Asia and the Pacific was held in Kathmandu, Nepal on 10-11 October. See more information here

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