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Governing the Forests: An Institutional Analysis of REDD+ and Community Forest Management in Asia

This report aims to serve as a useful reference for policymakers, professionals and practitioners as they work to promote REDD+ in ways that tackle climate change and biodiversity loss but also respect concerns and listen to the voice of local stakeholders. It presents a background on REDD+, explores ways to link REDD+ to community forestry, and provides lessons learned and recommendations.

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FIELD's Updated Guide for REDD-plus negotiators

 Introduction

The purpose of this guide is to assist developing country negotiators and others who are working on REDD-plus.

FIELD provides this information on a neutral basis. The guide is available in English, French and Spanish. Electronic versions can be found at www.field.org.uk.

This version has been updated in February 2013. Please note that final versions of documents from the Doha Climate Change Conference were not available at the time of writing, so the guide includes advance or draft versions in part III.

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Putting REDD+ Safeguards and Safeguard Information Systems Into Practice

Authors: Leo Peskett, Kimberly Todd

Key Messages

  • Countries undertaking REDD+ activities need to develop country-level approaches that enable them to respond to requirements outlined in recent United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) agreements, which aim to ensure social and environmental risks are minimized and benefits enhanced. REDD+ countries also need to carefully consider further objectives that the country approach may need to achieve, such as responding to the requirements of organizations providing support for REDD+ activities.
  • In order to develop a country-level safeguard approach that is responsive to the Cancun Agreements, it is useful to define the generic elements of such an approach. This could help to coordinate and harmonize activities.

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The Context of REDD+ in Nepal: Challenges and Opportunities

Executive summary

This report provides an overview of Nepal’s initiatives on readiness for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+), the political and socio-economic context in which they are taking place, and
their implications for conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of
forest carbon stocks in developing countries. It examines land use change and the drivers and underlying causes of deforestation. It evaluates
the effectiveness, efficiency and equity of current REDD+ efforts in Nepal and analyses the prospects for and challenges to REDD+ implementation going forward.

The report draws on multiple data sources and diverse methodologies. It provides an overview
of government plans and policies, legislation,
and views of experts on development, forestry
and the REDD+ sector in Nepal, as well as ongoing debates in Nepal on issues such as forest governance, benefit-sharing and carbon assessment.

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Ensuring inclusive, transparent and accountable national REDD+ systems: the role of freedom of information

Executive Summary

The central role of access to information in REDD+

This report examines how the right of freedom of information – i.e. the right of every individual to have access to information held by public bodies, subject only to narrow exceptions – has been or can be used in the context of REDD+ countries activities. REDD+ is proposed under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to mitigate climate change by providing positive incentives to developing countries to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation and conserve, manage and enhance forest carbon stocks.

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