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REDD+ SES at Climate Talks in Warsaw
Joanna Durbin, CCBA Director, participated in the following side events at the UNFCCC COP19 in Warsaw:


  • Getting REDD+ Off The Ground: Challenges and opportunities


Organized by CIFOR on 15th November (10.00-12.00 Column Hall, University of Warsaw), the objective of this event was to provide a platform for discussion on implementation challenges experienced by REDD+ sub-national initiatives, and what can be done to overcome these. Joanna Durbin gave a key note speech about REDD+ challenges and opportunities from experience of social and environmental standards. More information, copies of the presentations are available here and a video of the full event are available here.


  • Evolving Requirements and Solutions for REDD+ Monitoring, with Community Focus


Organized by University of Twente, Wageningen University, Global Canopy Programme and Global Observation for Forest Cover and Land Dynamics (GOFC/GOLD) on 12th November (16.45-18.15 Room Torun at the COP venue), this event provided information about different monitoring requirements for REDD+ (sub-national performance, agriculture, benefit sharing, and particularly community involvement) by researchers and technical experts in the context of different country circumstances. Joanna Durbin spoke about community participation in safeguards monitoring for REDD+. Presentations are available here.


Workshop on 'Developping REDD+ Safeguards Information Systems', 24-25 October 2013
A workshop on 'Developping REDD+ Safeguards Information Systems' was held on 24th-25th October in Lima, Peru. The workshop aimed at bringing together countries of Latin America who are currently developping their REDD+ Safeguards Information Systems to share their approaches, experiences and challenges for implementation.


It provided an opportunity to discuss the various approaches that countries are using to developping their Safeguards Information Systems based on country experiences from the State of Acre (Brazil), Peru, Costa Rica, Colombia, Ecuador, Honduras, Mexico, Guatemala among others. The workshop was supported by the Ministry of Environment of Ecuador and Peru, Ecuador UN-REDD Programme, USAID ICAA Support Unit, the REDD+ SES Initiative, Conservation International Peru and Rainforest Alliance Peru. The workshop report will be available soon.


Webinar and brownbag on 'Getting gender right in the REDD+ SES', 28 August 2013
WEDO and the REDD+ SES Initiative hold a webinar and brown bag discussion on the recent joint publication 'Getting gender right in the REDD+ Social and Environmental Standards' on 28th August 2013.


The event was the opportunity to share the results of the action research on addressing gender in the REDD+ SES and more broadly in REDD+ programmes as well as country experiences from Ecuador and Nepal. The presentation was followed by a discussion with participants.


The presentation is available here and the publication can be downloaded here.


Exchange and Learning workshop, Indonesia, 1st - 3rd July 2013
The REDD+ SES initiative, in collaboration with the Centre for International Forestry Research, hold the 6th Exchange and Learning workshop of the REDD+ SES initiative in Bogor, Indonesia from 1st to 3rd July 2013.

REDD SES_Bogor_group_photo_3-July-2013_c.Andrea_Quesada © Andrea Quesada/WEDO
The workshop provided a valuable opportunity for exchange between government and civil society practitioners in countries using REDD+ SES or interested in using REDD+ SES about key issues that you are facing with addressing and respecting safeguards, delivering multiple benefits and developing a safeguards information system.


This workshop was targeted principally for the government and civil society teams that are currently facilitating the use of REDD+SES or plan to start developing a safeguards information system building on REDD+SES. A total of 36 participants from 17 countries and organisations attended the workshop.


The report of the workshop is available here.


Launch of the publication 'From research to action, leaf by leaf: getting gender right in REDD+ SES'
The REDD+ SES initiative partnered with the Women's Environment and Development Organisation (WEDO) to carry out an action research aimed at strengthening the gender dimension of REDD+ SES. The publication, From research to action, leaf by leaf: getting gender right in REDD+ SES, was launched in Bonn on 6th June 2013.

gender report

This publication presents best practices and lessons learned from action research conducted in four countries using the REDD+ SES: State of Acre (Brazil), Ecuador, Nepal and Tanzania. From concepts to actions, this publication tells a complete narrative of how to address gender considerations in REDD+ safeguards and standards and provides an accessible checklist tool to guide countries to develop a gender responsive REDD+ national program. The publication is available here.


COP18 Side Event: Enhancing the multiple benefits of REDD+ through safeguards information systems and community approaches
website© Lisa Schindler/TNC
On December 1st, 2012, the Climate, Community and Biodiversity Alliance (CCBA) and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) held a side event at the Swissbel Hotel alongside the UNFCCC COP18 in Doha.


Experts from Latin America, Africa, and Asia discussed international, national and local efforts to support social and environmental provisions in REDD+ programs. Through exploring international frameworks for safeguards and delving into national and local case studies, the presenters shed new light on opportunities to create effective national and international REDD+ programs that genuinely meet the needs of forest dwelling communities. Presentations were followed by a panel discussion.



Joanna Durbin, CCBA - Elements and steps to develop a country REDD+ safeguards system

Carola Borja, Under Secretary of Climate Change, Ministry of Environment, Ecuador - Experience using REDD+ SES to build a safeguards information system in Ecuador

Wahjudi Wardojo, TNC - Community approaches to REDD+ in Berau, Indonesia


Chip Fay, Climate and Land Use Alliance

Samuel Nnah Ndobe, Centre for Environment and Development, Cameroon

Lera Miles, UNEP-WCMC and the UN-REDD Programme