CIFOR Announces Piloting of New REDD+ Safeguards System in Indonesia
14 September 2012: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has reported that the Indonesian province of East Kalimantan will start piloting a new safeguard information system (SIS) for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, and the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks in developing countries (REDD+) in December 2012.
The pilot phase will focus on social safeguards, examining how discussions on safeguards at the level of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) can be translated into concrete action at the national and sub-national levels. In this regard it is expected that the results from the pilot will feed into the over 40 REDD+ investments currently ongoing in Indonesia.
The pilot will focus on issues related to information sharing, transparency in decision making and the role of indigenous peoples and local communities in REDD+. It will seek to clarify how safeguards should be applied to REDD+ projects in Indonesia in light of the multiple systems currently in place including Climate, Community and Biodiversity (CCB) safeguards and the Strategic Environmental and Social Safeguard Assessment (SESA).
In order to capture results, the pilot will include feedback sessions with participants and stakeholders at the national, provincial and local levels. CIFOR is a member of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). [CIFOR Press Release]