Designing Effective REDD+ Safeguard Information Systems: Building on existing systems and country experiences (Report)


An important element of REDD+ safeguards, which is being negotiated under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), is systems for providing information on how safeguards are addressed and respected. A decision at the climate change meetings in Durban in 2011 agreed on broad for provisions for guidance, including that safeguard information systems (SIS) “build upon existing systems, as appropriate” (UNFCCC, 2012). This policy paper is a direct response to the Durban guidance, exploring eight existing systems that could be built on, and examining early action to develop SIS in five developing countries. These systems are at an early stage of development, and negotiators and REDD+ focal points can benefit from learning about information gathered in other systems that has applicability for REDD+ SIS. In addition, the structure of existing systems can provide lessons on how to meet key elements of the Durban guidance, including transparency, comparability, consistency and country-driven processes. REDD+ experts identified the need for an analysis of existing systems to bring lessons to the REDD+ process, identify potential information sources, and share lessons gained from early action. Good planning at these early stages can also ensure that countries collect information once to feed into various systems, preventing duplication of effort and streamlining reporting requirements. Effective REDD+ SIS will be an important element of compliance and accountability, helping to promote transparency, guard against unintended social and environmental harms, and provide information on the impact of REDD+ actions. In addition, effective systems can help promote comparability of effort, incentivize quality greenhouse gas emissions reductions, and ensure that social, economic and environmental integrity is achieved in REDD+ activities.

Boyle, J.; Murphy, D.;
Publications Details
Publication Type: Report
Year Published: 2012