CARE International and the Climate, Community and Biodiversity Alliance (CCBA) will present their draft REDD + Social and Environmental Standards (REDD + SE) at a side event during COP-15 hosted by the government of Nepal. REDD + SE aims to help governments institute equitable REDD programs on a national level. The joint CARE/CCBA initiative has also been consulting with a few national governments on testing the standards on a national scale and aims to finalize the new standards in March, 2010.
This initiative is developing standards that can be used by governments, NGOs, financing agencies and other stakeholders to design and implement REDD and other forest carbon programs that respect the rights of Indigenous Peoples and local communities and generate significant social and biodiversity co-benefits. These standards will be designed to work for the new global REDD+ regime expected to emerge out of ongoing UNFCCC negotiations, that is for government-led programs implemented at national or state/provincial/regional level and for all forms of fund-based or market-based financing. The standards will consist of principles, criteria and indicators that define the issues of concern and the
required levels of social and environmental performance.
- Rights to land, territories and resources are recognized and respected.
- The benefits of the REDD+ program are shared equitably among all stakeholders and
- The REDD+ program contributes to sustainable livelihoods and poverty alleviation for
- The REDD+ program contributes to broader sustainable development and good
- Biodiversity and ecosystem services are maintained and enhanced.
- All relevant stakeholders and rights holders are able to participate fully and effectively in
the REDD+ program.
- All stakeholders and rights holders have timely access to appropriate and accurate
information to enable good governance of the REDD+ program.
- The REDD+ program complies with applicable local22 and national laws and international
treaties and agreements.