UN-REDD Activities Support Safeguarding Multiple Forest Benefits

7 June 2010: The UN-REDD Programme is supporting countries in their efforts to ensure that biodiversity and social safeguards are being met when implementing mechanisms for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries (REDD+).

Activities supported by the UN-REDD Programme in this vein include: developing a draft "do no harm" approach for minimal social standards related to governance, stakeholder livelihoods and policy coherence, as well as an accompanying risk assessment tool; developing maps that identify high biodiversity and high carbon overlaps to allow for informed decisions on the biodiversity benefits of prioritizing different areas for REDD+; and assessing the real costs of alternative uses of forests, including addressing who bears the cost of present or future changes in uses. [UN-REDD Programme Press Release]