Commitments and options for safeguarding biodiversity in REDD+

Commitments and options for safeguarding biodiversity in REDD+

This brief outlines the commitments and options for protecting biodiversity in REDD+
There are both risks and opportunities for biodiversity inherent in Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation - Plus (REDD+) implementation. It could directly spur conservation and lead to enhanced monitoring and reporting of biodiversity benefits. However, without a full understanding of existing ecosystems, it could also undermine some biodiversity conservation efforts through mismanagement of land-use changes and the shifting of damaging practices to unprotected areas. This brief, produced by Forest Carbon Asia, outlines the commitments and options for protecting biodiversity in REDD+. Three main sets of global policy activities are highlighted: international policy must be strengthened, including the harmonisation of guidance across agencies; capacity-building processes should be in place for the readiness phase of REDD+; and economic incentives and preferences should be tested and analysed prior to the results-based phase of REDD+. On a national level, six broad policy categories are identified and expanded upon, including for example: national policy strengthening and coherence to ensure that REDD+ plans compliment existing biodiversity policies and that all relevant governmental departments are linked through multi-stakeholder and inter-ministerial committees and working groups; governments supporting local actors delivering REDD+ with incentives aimed at increasing revenue, reducing costs or reducing risks to investors; and the promotion of policies that safeguard biodiversity and strengthen national policy, such as protected area management, forest landscape restoration, and sustainable forest management. 
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