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Videos: Social Dimensions of REDD+: Current Practices and Challenges

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Contributors: USAID, Forest Carbon, Markets, and Communities (FCMC) Program
Videos from the USAID Forest Carbon, Markets, and Communities (FCMC) Program's open public forum at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington DC (21 October 2011), which followed and summarized a three-day Experts Workshop on these issues (16-19 October 2011).

3-part video available here via the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

Ongoing work on forestry and climate change, especially with respect to developing approaches for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation-Plus (REDD+), is increasingly recognizing the importance of social and environmental soundness in program development and implementation. The issue of social and environmental soundness encompasses a wide range of elements – safeguards and standards, co-benefits and costs, stakeholder engagement, and impact assessment as well as the provision of information and monitoring, reporting, and verification of non-carbon benefits.

At the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of the Parties (COP) 16 in Cancun, Mexico, agreement was reached that countries should develop, implement, and report upon their social and environmental safeguards, and the UNFCCC Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) was instructed to work and report on this issue at the upcoming COP 17 in Durban, South Africa in late 2011. The social dimensions of REDD+ warrant particular attention, given the need to consider indigenous peoples, gender issues, human rights, democracy, governance, land tenure, benefit-sharing and distribution – in terms of policy, guidelines, and practice.

To effectively promote and develop the international REDD+ architecture, it is vital, therefore, to assess the progress to date on these essential social issues, and to reach consensus on areas needing further collaboration and support. To this end, USAID, through the Forest Carbon, Markets, and Communities (FCMC) Program, hosted a three-day Experts Workshop (16-19 October 2011), followed by an open public forum at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington DC (21 October 2011) on these issues.

For more information contact:

  • Diane Russell, PhD, MEM
    Biodiversity and Social Science Specialist
    US Agency for International Development
    Biodiversity and Forestry Team
    USAID/EGAT/NRM/B (Washington, DC)

  • Paula J. Williams, Ph.D.
    Social and Environmental Soundness (SES) Team Leader
    Forest Carbon, Markets and Communities (FCMC) Program

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