Back to basics on REDD+ safeguards and finance
The REDD+ Safeguards agreed in Cancun aim to:
1. Improve forest governance;
2. Promote the full and effective participation of indigenous peoples and local communities and respect for their rights; and
3. Protect biodiversity to ensure ecosystem resilience and permanence of emissions reductions.
These are core minimum requirements that exist to ensure that REDD+ does no harm (i.e. to mitigate against the potential negative consequences of REDD+ on livelihoods and biodiversity) and achieves some positive benefits.
Effective implementation of the REDD+ Safeguards is fundamental for achieving lasting results to “slow, halt and reverse forest cover and carbon loss,” and creating the enabling environment necessary to attract and sustain long-term finance.