The UN-REDD Programme is working with partners and REDD+ countries to develop tools and guidance to enhance the multiple benefits of REDD+ and reduce risks from inadequate planning and implementation. As part of this work, a set of Social and Environmental Principles and Criteria has been developed.

The Principles and Criteria are intended to contribute to the UN-REDD Programme’s developing framework for ensuring that the Programme’s activities contribute effectively to promoting social and environmental benefits and reduce any potential risk from REDD+ implementation. It is proposed that the SEPC provide a guiding framework for the UN-REDD Programme to address two specific needs:

1) Addressing social and environmental issues in UN-REDD National Programmes and other UN-REDD funded activities.

2) Supporting countries in developing national approaches to REDD+ safeguards in line with the UNFCCC.

The Social and Environmental Principles and Criteria were welcomed as a guiding framework  at the Programme’s Policy Board in March 2012.

The Principles and Criteria are coherent with and draw from the guidance provided by the Cancun agreements, and emerge from the existing rich body of knowledge and literature on safeguards, standards and certification. They consist of broad principles (overarching, fundamental, active statements) within which a list of criteria have been identified as conditions to be met by UN-REDD Programme-funded activities in order to contribute to the achievement of the Principles.


Consultative Process to Develop the Principles and Criteria and the Benefit and Risk Tool

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