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What is the international review mechanism?

REDD+ SES international review provides a formal review of the full process followed to apply REDD+ SES in the country in relation to governance, interpretation and assessment, i.e. the full ten step REDD+ SES process defined in the REDD+ SES Guidelines Version 2 (November 2012). This is undertaken once the assessment report has been published by the country and a report has been produced of the process used for the assessment. The REDD+ SES international review does not assess the content of the country's assessment report (i.e. social and environmental performance versus the principles, criteria and indicators), but assesses the extent to which the REDD+ SES Guidelines have been followed. The REDD+ SES Guidelines require enhanced transparency and a strong country-led, multi-stakeholder process that is expected to lead to a fair and accurate assessment of social and environmental performance. The REDD+ SES international review assesses the extent to which a country can claim that is applying REDD+ SES.

Which countries have undergone the REDD+ international review?

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As of June 2014, the State of Acre in Brazil is only country that has undergone the REDD+ SES international review. The State Institute of Climate Change (IMC) requested a REDD+ SES international review to confirm the quality of the use of REDD+ SES applied to Acre's System for Incentives for Environmental Services (SISA) program following the REDD+ SES guidelines.
Acre is simultaneously pursuing validation and verification against the Jurisdictional and Nested REDD (JNR) requirements of the Verified Carbon Standard. The REDD+ SES review was carried out in April 2014 and will inform the VCS JNR validation and verification. In addition, this review provided an opportunity to learn from Acre's experience using REDD+ SES, and to assess the contribution of any modifications that have been made in Acre, such as the development of an action plan based on the performance assessment, in order to provide constructive feedback to those responsible in Acre, to improve REDD+ SES guidance, and to assist other countries. More information about the international review is available on Acre page.