TWN Info Service on Climate Change (May12/01)
13 May 2012
Third World Network

Dear friends and colleagues,

We are please to share with you a briefing paper on "Additonal Guidance on REDD+ Safeguards Information Systems" prepared by the REDD+ Safeguards Working Group comprising several international, regional and national civil society networks and organisations (attached).

This paper is in response to the decision at the 17th meeting of the UNFCCC Conference of Parties (COP) in Durban last December. The decision states that to obtain results-based finance for REDD+, developing country Parties should have in place a system for providing information on how safeguards are addressed and respected - a safeguards information system (SIS).

Some guidance was provided on these systems, and Parties agreed that at the SBSTA meeting in Bonn (14-25 May 2012) would consider the need for further guidance to “ensure transparency, consistency, comprehensiveness and effectiveness when informing on how all safeguards are addressed and respected and, if appropriate, to consider additional guidance” and report to COP18 in Doha, Qatar later this year.

The COP also agreed that a summary of information on how the safeguards are being addressed and respected should be provided periodically and in national communications by developing country Parties undertaking REDD+ activities, or through communication channels agreed by the COP, and tasked the Bonn SBSTA meeting with discussing the timing and frequency of the summaries.

We hope that this civil society briefing paper will contribute to the deliberations of the SBSTA.

With best wishes,
Third World Network

Additional Guidance on  REDD+ Safeguards Information Systems (PDF)