Forests And People First – The Need For Universal REDD+ Safeguards
Since COP 16 in Cancún, governments have agreed that safeguards are required for the implementation of REDD+. They are indispensable, both to ensure the effectiveness and sustainability of REDD+ and to ensure coherence with international standards on environment and human rights. Governments included important safeguard elements in the Cancún Agreement and instructed SBSTA to develop guidance on providing information on how these would be addressed and respected. The process stalled somewhat in Durban, and many felt some governments were even moving backwards on their commitments regarding safeguards, since the final decision was mostly related to modalities to provide information rather than on the actual information to provide. Although the discussion about the level and contents of SBSTA guidance continues, no guidance or policies have yet been developed at an international level to operationalise and actually implement REDD+ safeguards.