In the draft UNFCCC REDD+ text that came out of the negotiations last year in Copenhagen, three of seven safeguards to be supported and promoted when undertaking REDD+ activities relate to governance:
2(b) Transparent and effective national forest governance structures...
2(c) Respect for the knowledge and rights of indigenous peoples and members of local
2(d) Full and effective participation of relevant stakeholders, including, in particular,
indigenous peoples and local communities….
The need to monitor governance has also been recognized by the UN-REDD Programme and by the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility, and a number of initiatives and different methodologies exist for monitoring governance.
Chatham House and UN-REDD Programme have organized an Expert Workshop on Monitoring Governance Safeguards in REDD+ (Monday 24th and Tuesday 25th May 2010, Chatham House, 10 St James’s Square, London).
When reading the Agenda of the meeting, it seems that the intention of Caltham house is to just held another FLEGT workshop:
"Existing and planned monitoring and indicator systems will be examined, conclusions drawn and recommendations made on tools to improve cooperation and coordination. The relationship of monitoring governance for REDD+ with monitoring of the implementation and impact of FLEGT voluntary partnership agreements (VPAs) will be considered. Understanding of what monitoring and reporting of governance safeguards for REDD+ might entail and the role of verification will be clarified."
Good-Governance is a substantial part of any national REDD+ program...