National Options for REDD+ Environmental Safeguards: Operational Guidance
This six-page guide, based on the Nov 2011 full technical paper, presents six categories of options for operationalising the Cancun safeguards. It translates the Cancun safeguards’ broad generic statements of good intent into an integral part of national policy and a set of cohesive actions to put into practice. The guide maintains that safeguard compliance does not demand substantive policy innovation or adoption of new tools and technologies; forest management and governance practices need to be improved upon through REDD+ rather than overhauled or replaced. The options for national-level safeguard responses in the guide are presented in the context of delivering environmental co-benefits; however, they are equally applicable to social co-benefits.
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