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REDD+ success depends on equitable engagement of community stakeholders, as here in Nepal.
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REDD+ will only succeed if activities are feasible, sustainable and sound from a financial, social and environmental perspective. As such, then REDD+ needs to address a range of issues, including land and carbon tenure, gender, human rights, democracy, governance, and benefit sharing. REDD+ must equitably engage many stakeholders, especially local communities, living in, or near, forests, but also private sector actors who drive deforestation. International agencies have agreed that REDD+ initiatives should "do no harm" to forest communities or the environment, but many advocate that REDD+ should do more, i.e., "do good" by reducing poverty or improving biodiversity conservation. REDD+ brings risks and opportunities for rural populations, especially indigenous peoples, and needs social and environmental safeguards, standards, and guidelines to manage those risks. FCMC will assist USAID to assess best practices and develop SES guidelines and training applicable to a range of USAID-supported activities, and support work on impact assessment, monitoring, reporting, and verification of social and environmental costs, benefits, and impacts. FCMC will undertake this challenge by supporting REDD+ stakeholder consultation processes and testing SES standards at various levels, while enhancing capacity among various stakeholders and within regional institutions.

The concept of "social and environmental soundness" encompasses a range of different issues, approaches, methodologies, interventions and monitoring. This approach includes the establishment of safeguard policies, identification of tools and methods, best practices standards and assessment of impacts, as well as utilization of participatory and inclusive approaches to the identification, design, appraisal, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of interventions and broad stakeholder engagement. It is vital that all activities ensure the equitable participation of stakeholders, including often marginalized populations such as women, the poor, vulnerable groups and indigenous peoples. Moreover, it is important that the social and environmental dimensions be well-integrated with each other, rather than considered as separate elements. The environmental and biodiversity issues of REDD+ will receive additional attention, in terms of the analysis of issues and development of training materials, to be done under this Task.

Although SES is one of the five main tasks of the FCMC Program, it also must be seen as a cross-cutting issue that is interwoven into all Program activities. The efforts to be conducted under the other Tasks need to be socially and environmentally sound, based upon broad stakeholder engagement and consensus building, including local community participation. All FCMC activities need to be gender sensitive, and wherever relevant, support the active participation and engagement of women.

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Full List of SES Documents Follow:

Final Report: Forest Carbon, Markets and Communities (FCMC) Program
Nov 20, 2015 · File

Final Report: Forest Carbon, Markets and Communities (FCMC) Program

Tetra Tech was awarded the three-and-one-half year Forest Carbon, Markets, and Communities Program (FCMC) Task Order (TO) by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in late March 2011. No-cost extensions enabled the program to continue through August 2015.…

Shifting Cultivation, Gender, and REDD+ in Cameroon and the Democratic Republic of the Congo PDF
Mar 12, 2015 · File

Shifting Cultivation, Gender, and REDD+ in Cameroon and the Democratic Republic of the Congo PDF

Shifting cultivation – also called swidden, slash-and-burn, or rotational cultivation – is the natural resource management system that underpins food production and livelihoods in the forest zones of Central African countries. It has been identified as a key driver of…

Shifting Cultivation, Gender and REDD+ in Cameroon and the Democratic Republic of Congo - Brief
May 28, 2015 · File

Shifting Cultivation, Gender and REDD+ in Cameroon and the Democratic Republic of Congo - Brief

This report presents the findings of field studies on shifting cultivation in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Cameroon that the Forest Carbon, Markets and Communities (FCMC) Program commissioned. The field research was conducted in coordination with the Central…

La culture itinérante, le genre et la REDD+ au Cameroun et en République Démocratique du Congo
May 20, 2015 · File

La culture itinérante, le genre et la REDD+ au Cameroun et en République Démocratique du Congo

La culture itinérante – également appelée culture sur brûlis, ou culture de rotation – est le système de gestion des ressources naturelles sur lequel reposent la production alimentaire et les moyens de subsistance dans les zones forestière d’Afrique centrale et…

Mar 12, 2015 · File

PowerPoint Presentation on Shifting Cultivation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

This presentation was prepared for and delivered at the Annual Conference for the International Society of Tropical Foresters (ISTF) in January 2013. It presented preliminary findings and analysis of an ongoing FCMC study on Shifting Cultivation, Deforestation, Gender and REDD+…

Workshop Report: Shifting Cultivation, Gender and REDD+ in West and Central Africa
Mar 12, 2015 · File

Workshop Report: Shifting Cultivation, Gender and REDD+ in West and Central Africa

In July 2012, FCMC hosted a workshop in Washington, DC to act as the starting point for its study on Shifting Cultivation, Deforestation, Gender and REDD+. The workshop discussed ongoing work with shifting cultivation in West and Central Africa, primarily…

REDD+ Safeguards in Peru: An Overview of Implementation (2013-2014)
Aug 10, 2015 · File

REDD+ Safeguards in Peru: An Overview of Implementation (2013-2014)

This document summarizes the implementation of the reduced emissions from deforestation and degradation, plus the role of conservation, sustainable forest management, and enhancement of forest carbon stocks (REDD+) social and environmental soundness (SES) project implemented by Conservation International Peru (CI…

 REDD+ and Biodiversity Conservation: Approaches, Experiences and Opportunities for Improved Outcomes: Report Brief
Mar 12, 2015 · File

REDD+ and Biodiversity Conservation: Approaches, Experiences and Opportunities for Improved Outcomes: Report Brief

This issues brief covers the key findings and analysis generated by a long-term study conducted by FCMC on the intersection between biodiversity conservation and REDD+. It explores the linkages made between the two areas in a number of national strategies,…

 REDD-plus et conservation de la biodiversite: Approches, experiences et possibilites d'amelioration des resultats
Mar 12, 2015 · File

REDD-plus et conservation de la biodiversite: Approches, experiences et possibilites d'amelioration des resultats

Cette presentation du rapport récapitule les enseignements tirés de la intersection du la conservation de la biodiversite et le REDD-plus.

 REDD+ y la conservación de la biodiversidad: Enfoques, experiencias y oportunidades para obtener mejores resultados
Mar 12, 2015 · File

REDD+ y la conservación de la biodiversidad: Enfoques, experiencias y oportunidades para obtener mejores resultados

Este informe temático resume los hallazgos claves y análisis generados por un estudio a largo plazo dirigido por FCMC sobre el vínculo entre la conservación de la biodiversidad y el REDD+. Explora los conexiones entre los dos áreas temáticas en…

 A Review of the Biodiversity Goals and Proposed Monitoring Methods in National REDD+ Programs
Mar 12, 2015 · File

A Review of the Biodiversity Goals and Proposed Monitoring Methods in National REDD+ Programs

This study reviews documents developed early in the REDD+ readiness process to explore how emerging national-level REDD+ programs are addressing biodiversity issues.

 A Review of the Biodiversity Goals, Monitoring Methods and Short-Term Impacts of Forest Carbon Projects
Mar 12, 2015 · File

A Review of the Biodiversity Goals, Monitoring Methods and Short-Term Impacts of Forest Carbon Projects

This report reviews 17 forest carbon projects to assess their biodiversity benefits, goals and impacts, along with their relation to national biodiversity strategies.

 REDD+ and Biodiversity Conservation: Approaches Experiences and Opportunities for Improved Outcomes
Mar 12, 2015 · File

REDD+ and Biodiversity Conservation: Approaches Experiences and Opportunities for Improved Outcomes

This report reviews how biodiversity issues are currently being addressed in existing safeguard policies and frameworks, national programs and forest carbon project activities, and provides recommendations on how to ensure positive biodiversity impacts in emerging REDD+ initiatives. This synthesis report…

 REDD+ et conservation de la biodiversité : Approches, expériences et possibilités d’améliorer les résultats
Mar 12, 2015 · File

REDD+ et conservation de la biodiversité : Approches, expériences et possibilités d’améliorer les résultats

Ce rapport examine comment les questions de biodiversité sont abordées aujourd’hui dans les politiques et les cadres existants en matière de sauvegardes dans les activités de programmes et de projets de carbone forestier nationaux, et formule des recommandations sur la…

 REDD+ y la conservación de la biodiversidad : Enfoques, experiencias y oportunidades para obtener mejores resultados
Mar 12, 2015 · File

REDD+ y la conservación de la biodiversidad : Enfoques, experiencias y oportunidades para obtener mejores resultados

Este informe revisa la forma en que se están abordando actualmente asuntos relativos a la biodiversidad en las políticas y los marcos de salvaguardas existentes, al igual que en los programas nacionales y las actividades realizadas en el contexto de…

Lessons Learned from Community Forestry in Africa and Their Relevance for REDD+
Mar 12, 2015 · File

Lessons Learned from Community Forestry in Africa and Their Relevance for REDD+

This report reviews lessons learned from decades of community forestry experiences in Africa and generates recommendations and conclusions for REDD+. It is one of three regional reports on Africa, Asia and Latin America that FCMC is commissioning, as well as…

Lessons Learned from Community Forestry in Africa and Their Relevance for REDD+: Issues Brief
Mar 12, 2015 · File

Lessons Learned from Community Forestry in Africa and Their Relevance for REDD+: Issues Brief

This issues brief summarizes the information and analysis contained in the full report on Lessons Learned from Community Forestry in Africa. It includes recommendations and key conclusions.

 Lessons Learned from Community Forestry in Asia and Their Relevance for REDD+
Mar 12, 2015 · File

Lessons Learned from Community Forestry in Asia and Their Relevance for REDD+

This report reviews lessons learned from decades of community forestry experiences in Asia and generates recommendations and conclusions for REDD+. It is one of three regional reports on Africa, Asia and Latin America that FCMC is commissioning, as well as…

 Lessons Learned from Community Forestry in Asia and Their Relevance for REDD+: Issues Brief
Mar 12, 2015 · File

Lessons Learned from Community Forestry in Asia and Their Relevance for REDD+: Issues Brief

This issues brief summarizes the information and analysis contained in the full report on Lessons Learned from Community Forestry in Asia. It includes recommendations and key conclusions.

 Las enseignements tirés de la foresterie communauraire en Afrique et leur pertinence pour la REDD-plus
Mar 12, 2015 · File

Las enseignements tirés de la foresterie communauraire en Afrique et leur pertinence pour la REDD-plus

Cette rapport récapitule les enseignements tirés de La foresterie communautaire en Afrique.

 La silvicultura comunitaria y REDD+ en América Latina: Lecciones aprendidas y pasos a seguir: Informe Temático
Mar 12, 2015 · File

La silvicultura comunitaria y REDD+ en América Latina: Lecciones aprendidas y pasos a seguir: Informe Temático

Este informe temático resume la información e análisis en el reporte sobre Lecciones Aprendidas de la Silvicultura Comunitaria en América Latina. Incluye recomendaciones y conclusiones claves.

Lessons Learned from Community Forestry and Their Relevance for REDD+
Mar 12, 2015 · File

Lessons Learned from Community Forestry and Their Relevance for REDD+

This report summarizes findings from the three regional reports on lessons learned from decades of community forestry experiences in Asia, Latin America and Africa and generates recommendations and conclusions for REDD+.

 Lessons Learned from Community Forestry Their Relevance for REDD+: Issues Brief
Mar 12, 2015 · File

Lessons Learned from Community Forestry Their Relevance for REDD+: Issues Brief

This issues brief summarizes the information and analysis contained in the full report on Lessons Learned from Community Forestry. It includes recommendations and key conclusions based on the findings of all three regional reports.

 Las enseignements tirés de la foresterie communauraire et leur pertinence pour la REDD-plus: Presentation des questions
Mar 12, 2015 · File

Las enseignements tirés de la foresterie communauraire et leur pertinence pour la REDD-plus: Presentation des questions

Cette présentation des questions récapitule les principales questions du rapport Les Enseignements Tirés de La Foresterie Communautaire et leur pertinence pour la REDD-plus. Inclure recommandations et conclusions essentielles.

 Lecciones aprendidas de la silvicultura comunitaria y REDD+ en América Latina y su relevancia para REDD+
Mar 12, 2015 · File

Lecciones aprendidas de la silvicultura comunitaria y REDD+ en América Latina y su relevancia para REDD+

Este informe resume las lecciones aprendidas de décadas de experiencias sobre la silvicultura comunitaria in América Latina y genera recomendaciones y conclusiones para REDD+. Es uno de tres informes regionales sobre África, Asia y América Latina encargadas por FCMC, además…

 Lecciones aprendidas de la silvicultura comunitaria y su relevancia para REDD+: Informe temático
Mar 12, 2015 · File

Lecciones aprendidas de la silvicultura comunitaria y su relevancia para REDD+: Informe temático

Este informe temático resume la información y el análisis contenidos en el reporte sobre Lecciones Aprendidads de la Silvicultura Comunitaria. Incluye recomendaciones y conclusiones claves basadas en los hallazgos de todos tres reportes regionales.

Tenure Rights, Human Rights and REDD+: Knowledge, Skills and Tools for Effective Results
Mar 12, 2015 · File

Tenure Rights, Human Rights and REDD+: Knowledge, Skills and Tools for Effective Results

This document, intended for a multi-stakeholder audience generally familiar with REDD+, presents a framework for identifying and asserting tenure and human rights associated with forests and land use in the context of climate change policies and measures.

Report Brief: Tenure Rights, Human Rights and REDD+: Knowledge, Skills and Tools for Effective Results
Mar 12, 2015 · File

Report Brief: Tenure Rights, Human Rights and REDD+: Knowledge, Skills and Tools for Effective Results

This issues brief summarizes the main points covered in the full report on tenure and human rights related to REDD+. The full report is intended for a multi-stakeholder audience generally familiar with REDD+ and presents a framework for identifying and…

 Les Droits D’utilisation, Les Droits Humains et les Forets: Connaissances, Compétences et Outils Pour des Résultats Efficaces
Mar 12, 2015 · File

Les Droits D’utilisation, Les Droits Humains et les Forets: Connaissances, Compétences et Outils Pour des Résultats Efficaces

Cette synthèse fait ressortir les questions clés sur les droits humains et fonciers associés aux forêts et à l’utilisation des terres dans le contexte de la REDD-plus.

 Derechos de tenencia, derechos humanos y REDD+: conocimientos, destrezas y herramientas para obtener resultados efectivos: síntesis del informe
Mar 12, 2015 · File

Derechos de tenencia, derechos humanos y REDD+: conocimientos, destrezas y herramientas para obtener resultados efectivos: síntesis del informe

En esta síntesis se destacan diversos temas esenciales en torno a la tenencia y a los derechos humanos vinculados con el uso de los bosques y del suelo en el contexto de REDD+.

Les droits d’utilisation, les droits de l’homme et la REDD+ : connaissances compétences et outils pour des résultats efficaces
Mar 12, 2015 · File

Les droits d’utilisation, les droits de l’homme et la REDD+ : connaissances compétences et outils pour des résultats efficaces

Ce document, prévu pour une audience de multiples parties prenantes généralement familiarisées avec la REDD+, présente un cadre destiné à identifier et affirmer les droits d’utilisation et les droits de l’homme associés à l’utilisation des forêts et des terres dans…

Derechos de tenencia, derechos humanos y REDD+: conocimientos, destrezas y herramientas para obtener resultados efectivos
Mar 12, 2015 · File

Derechos de tenencia, derechos humanos y REDD+: conocimientos, destrezas y herramientas para obtener resultados efectivos

En este documento, dirigido a un grupo compuesto por diversos actores que generalmente están familiarizados con REDD+, se plantea un marco para identificar y ejercer derechos humanos y de tenencia relativos al uso de los bosques y de los suelos…

Methods for Assessing and Evaluating Social Impacts of Program-Level REDD+
Mar 12, 2015 · File

Methods for Assessing and Evaluating Social Impacts of Program-Level REDD+

REDD+ has the potential to significantly affect the livelihoods of those who depend on forests for their subsistence and income needs – presenting both risks and opportunities for these communities. To minimize risks and maximize benefits, programs must assess and…

Methods for Assessing and Evaluating Social Impacts of Program-Level REDD+: Issues Brief
Mar 12, 2015 · File

Methods for Assessing and Evaluating Social Impacts of Program-Level REDD+: Issues Brief

This issues brief summarizes the main points covered in the full paper on assessing and evaluating social impacts of REDD+. It highlights the major areas of analysis, and provides a list of the methodologies reviewed in the full report. This…

Evaluation des impacts sociaux de la REDD-plus au niveau des programmes : synthèse
Mar 12, 2015 · File

Evaluation des impacts sociaux de la REDD-plus au niveau des programmes : synthèse

Cette questions brèves résume les principaux points abordés dans le document complet sur l'évaluation et l'évaluation des impacts sociaux de la REDD +. Elle souligne les principaux domaines de l'analyse, et fournit une liste des méthodes examinées dans le rapport complet.

Informe temático: Estimando los impactos sociales del programa-nivel REDD+
Mar 12, 2015 · File

Informe temático: Estimando los impactos sociales del programa-nivel REDD+

Este informe temático resume los hallazgos claves y análisis del repore sobre la evaluación de los impactos sociales de programas de REDD+. Incluye conclusiones y recomendaciones para programación del futuro.

LISA-REDD Workshop Report: Social Impact Assessment Methodologies for National or Sub-National REDD+
Mar 12, 2015 · File

LISA-REDD Workshop Report: Social Impact Assessment Methodologies for National or Sub-National REDD+

In May 2012, FCMC supported a workshop for the Learning Initiative on Social Assessment of REDD+ (LISA-REDD) in Nairobi, Kenya to discuss Social Impact Assessment methodologies. This workshop report summarizes the presentations and discussions at the workshop, and elaborates upon…

Report Brief: REDD+ Social Safeguards and Standards Review
Mar 12, 2015 · File

Report Brief: REDD+ Social Safeguards and Standards Review

This briefing document summarizes the review of social and environmental safeguards and standards systems detailed in the full FCMC report. It assesses the REDD safeguards and standards applied by major bilateral, multilateral and NGO REDD+ initiatives.

Etude des sauvegardes et normés sociales REDD+ : Synthèse
Mar 12, 2015 · File

Etude des sauvegardes et normés sociales REDD+ : Synthèse

Ce document d'information résume l'examen des garanties sociales et environnementales et les systèmes de normes détaillées dans le rapport complet FCMC. Il évalue les garanties REDD et les normes appliquées par des initiatives bilatérales, multilatérales et ONG REDD + grands.

Informe: Los Salvaguardas y Estándares Sociales de REDD+
Mar 12, 2015 · File

Informe: Los Salvaguardas y Estándares Sociales de REDD+

Este informe resume el examen general de los sistemeas de salvaguardas y estándares sociales e ambientales detallados en el reporte completo de FCMC. Evalúa los salvaguardas y estándares de REDD aplicados por iniciativas mayores bilaterales, multilaterales y de los ONG.

REDD+ Social Safeguards and Standards Review
Mar 12, 2015 · File

REDD+ Social Safeguards and Standards Review

The FCMC Safeguards Review was prepared to assist implementers and policymakers understand and compare different approaches to social safeguards and standards for REDD+. The paper reviews safeguards and standard systems of multilateral and bilateral approaches, as well as nongovernmental and…

Etude des sauvegardes et normés sociales REDD+
Mar 12, 2015 · File

Etude des sauvegardes et normés sociales REDD+

Le FCMC sauvegardes avis a été préparé pour aider les exécutants et les décideurs à comprendre et à comparer différentes approches de garanties sociales et des normes pour la REDD +. Le document passe en revue les garanties et les…

Examen General de los Salvaguardas y Estándares Sociales de REDD+
Mar 12, 2015 · File

Examen General de los Salvaguardas y Estándares Sociales de REDD+

El Examen General de los Salvaguardas analiza una gran variedad de estándares sociales e ambientales utilizados por multilaterales, gobiernos e instituciones privadas. Discute las fortalezas y debilidades de los sistemas y proviene recomendaciones para mejores prácticas. El examen sirve de…

Readiness to Engage: Stakeholder Engagement Experiences for REDD+
Mar 12, 2015 · File

Readiness to Engage: Stakeholder Engagement Experiences for REDD+

This study covers national, sub-national and nested stakeholder engagement experiences, good practices and lessons learned for REDD+. It provides feedback on how stakeholder engagement can be enhanced throughout the REDD+ strategy and programming cycle. The study is designed for government,…

Report Brief: Stakeholder Engagement Experiences for REDD+
Mar 12, 2015 · File

Report Brief: Stakeholder Engagement Experiences for REDD+

This issues brief summarizes the key findings and analysis contained in the full report on Stakeholder Engagement commissioned by FCMC, and includes recommendations and conclusions for REDD+. This issues brief is also available in Spanish.

Préparation à s’engager; expériences des parties prenantes pour la REDD-plus : Synthèse
Mar 12, 2015 · File

Préparation à s’engager; expériences des parties prenantes pour la REDD-plus : Synthèse

Ce émet bref résume les principales conclusions et l'analyse contenues dans le rapport complet sur l'engagement des intervenants commandée par FCMC, et comprend des recommandations et conclusions de la REDD +.

Informe temático: Preparación para involucrarse - Experiencias de los interesados en REDD+
Mar 12, 2015 · File

Informe temático: Preparación para involucrarse - Experiencias de los interesados en REDD+

Este informe temático resume los hallazgos claves y análisis del repore sobre involucrar los interesados en REDD+. Incluye conclusiones y recomendaciones para programación del futuro

Preparation a l'engagement : experiences d'engagement des parties prenantes dans la REDD+
Mar 12, 2015 · File

Preparation a l'engagement : experiences d'engagement des parties prenantes dans la REDD+

L’étude couvre les expériences à l’échelle nationale, infranationale ou combinée au regard de l’engagement de parties prenantes, ainsi que les bonnes pratiques et les enseignements. Elle offre un feedback sur la façon dont l’engagement des parties prenantes peut être soutenu…

Preparacion para involucrarse: experiencia de la participation de los interesados en REDD+
Mar 12, 2015 · File

Preparacion para involucrarse: experiencia de la participation de los interesados en REDD+

El estudio abarca experiencias, buenas prácticas y lecciones aprendidas a partir de la participación de los actores involucrados en el ámbito nacional y subnacional, y a un nivel “anidado”. Asimismo, el estudio ofrece sugerencias sobre la forma de intensificar la…

Salvaguardas: Social and Environmental Safeguards for REDD+ in Colombia
Mar 13, 2015 · File

Salvaguardas: Social and Environmental Safeguards for REDD+ in Colombia

This document presents results of an initiative led by WWF-Colombia, with support from the German Cooperation Agency Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and the Forest Carbon, Markets and Communities Program (FCMC), in conjunction with Colombia´s Ministry of Environment and…

Salvaguardas: Socioambientales de REDD+
Mar 13, 2015 · File

Salvaguardas: Socioambientales de REDD+

Este documento presenta los resultados de una iniciativa liderada por WWF-Colombia, con el apoyo de GIZ y FCMC y el acompañamiento del Ministerio de Ambiente y Desarrollo Sostenible (MADS), cuyo objetivo es desarrollar de manera colectiva los lineamientos para la…

Workshop Report: Southeast Asia Regional Training Workshop on Social and Environmental Soundness in REDD+ Programs and Projects
Mar 13, 2015 · File

Workshop Report: Southeast Asia Regional Training Workshop on Social and Environmental Soundness in REDD+ Programs and Projects

A training workshop on Social and Environmental Soundness of REDD+ Programming and Implementation was conducted from November 5 to 9, 2012, at the USAID Asia Regional Training Center (ARTC) in Bangkok, Thailand. The goals and objectives were to integrate key…

Social Dimensions of REDD+: Seeing the People for the Trees
May 12, 2015 · File

Social Dimensions of REDD+: Seeing the People for the Trees

In 2011, FCMC sponsored an experts consultation workshop and two other events to assess the social dimensions of REDD+, the status of ongoing efforts, and issues needing further support.2 The experts workshop clarified the key social issues that need to…

 
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