Safeguards and social impact assessments

Materials on applying safeguards or social impact assessments to ensure local communities are not adversely affected by projects or activities concerned with ecosystem management.

Documents

08 January 2014
English

Guidance on Legal Aspects of Environmental Safeguards

uploaded by Blaise Bodin
This briefing by UNEP-WCMC is designed to provide publicly available resources outlining key background information regarding the environmental safeguards applicable to REDD+, as part of the project ‘Overcoming the legal barriers to REDD+ implementation1’. As such, it aims at:
i) Informing REDD+ countries about the specific legal issues they might need to address in order to promote and support REDD+ environmental safeguards
ii) Informing project developers currently designing and implementing REDD+ demonstration projects (such as FFI’s global REDD+ programme operating in Cambodia and Viet Nam) what issues they need to address in their project design in order to be in line with environmental safeguards. This brief is not primarily concerned with the application of privately developed REDD+ standards such as those of the Climate, Community and Biodiversity Alliance (CCBA), but rather with how REDD+ safeguards and standards at the international and national level might affect private REDD+ projects.
iii) Informing REDD+ countries and REDD+ project developers alike about the implications of the development of a ‘National Approach to safeguards’ for the eventual ‘nesting’ of projects within a national REDD+ Programme. The issue of nesting is often approached in the existing literature from the angle of carbon accounting and rarely under that of safeguards implementation. This brief is an attempt to address this deficit, by looking at ways to reconcile the concurrent implementation of various safeguards processes at different scales.
24 July 2013
English

International Law Principles for REDD+: The Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the International Obligations of REDD+ Actors

uploaded by Workspace Administrator

In order to reorient REDD+ to respect the rights of indigenous peoples and address substantial risks to their livelihoods and ways of life, the Indian Law Resource Center developed the International Law Principles for REDD+: The Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the Legal Obligations of REDD+ Actors. We welcome your feedback on this working paper.

24 July 2013
English

Princípios do Direito Internacional para REDD+: Os Direitos dos Povos Indígenas e as Obrigações Legais dos Atores dos Programas de REDD+

uploaded by Workspace Administrator

In order to reorient REDD+ to respect the rights of indigenous peoples and address substantial risks to their livelihoods and ways of life, the Indian Law Resource Center developed the International Law Principles for REDD+: The Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the Legal Obligations of REDD+ Actors. We welcome your feedback on this working paper.

24 July 2013
English

Principios de Derecho Internacional para REDD+: Los Derechos de los Pueblos Indígenas y las Obligaciones Internacionales de los Actores REDD+

uploaded by Workspace Administrator

In order to reorient REDD+ to respect the rights of indigenous peoples and address substantial risks to their livelihoods and ways of life, the Indian Law Resource Center developed the International Law Principles for REDD+: The Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the Legal Obligations of REDD+ Actors. We welcome your feedback on this working paper.

08 May 2013
English

SAFEGUARDS IN REDD+ AND FOREST CARBON STANDARDS: A REVIEW OF SOCIAL, ENVIRONMENTAL AND PROCEDURAL CONCEPTS AND APPLICATIONS

uploaded by John Costenbader

Document linked to :http://www.climatefocus.com/documents/files/safeguards.pdf Link created on :Wed, 2013-May-08 08:45

26 June 2012
Spanish

SIS SEPC pres Panama June 2012 Final version Spanish (3)

uploaded by Silje Haugland

Presentation about safeguard information systems (SIS) and UN-REDD’s work related to this (particularly the Social and Environmental Principles and Criteria (SEPC) and the Benefits and Risk Tool (BeRT)) for government counterparts (ANAM) and UN agencies based in Panama (UNDP, FAO).

23 March 2012
English

REDD Plus Social Protections RFGI Working Paper_Rebecca Rutt 4 Jan 2012

uploaded by Jesper Tranberg

This draft paper seeks to provide an overview of these evolving efforts to develop and promote social
safeguards. First, a brief narrative of the process from RED to REDD to REDD+ is provided to
understand how different values have entered into the evolution of the understanding of the REDD
endeavour. Then, the wider spectrum of tools large and small, generic and specific, are presented, to
provide a resource for those interested in what exists now with regard to REDD+ social protection
demands. Further, the calls to action with regard to emerging and specific focus areas, beyond the
traditional demands, for example, for stakeholder participation are described.

02 August 2011
English

Building Accountability in REDD+ Through Independent Grievance and Redress Mechanisms

uploaded by Sharai Lewis-Gruss

An 8-page briefing paper published by Rainforest Foundation Norway that looks into REDD+ grievances.  The paper touches upon safeguards in REDD+ and why they are necessary, existing grievence mechanisms, both national and international, and a very brief conclusion on enhancing existing grievance mechanisms.

28 July 2011
English

Participatory Management of Forests And Protected Areas: A Trainer's Manual

uploaded by Sharai Lewis-Gruss

112-page manual published by RECOFTC in 2008 and has a focus on participatory management of forests and Protected Areas. While many of the training sessions in the manual were developed within the context
of participatory or collaborative forest management, it is recognized that there is increasing interest
within many countries for capacity building in participatory PA management as well. Since many of
the processes and tools for both situations are similar, the training sessions in this manual, with some
adaptation, can apply to both forest PAs and forest areas that are not PAs. Mainly intended for managers in Africa and Asia.  

26 July 2011
English

Participatory Monitoring In Tropical Forest Management: a review of tools, concepts and lessons learned

uploaded by Sharai Lewis-Gruss

A 50-page toolkit with three main sections that (1)review concepts and terms,(2) synthesize lessons learned into two broad themes (planning and implementing participatory monitoring and the main impacts of participatory monitoring), and (3) presents a matrix table of publications organized by theme (forest management, biodiversity conservation and wildlife management, human wellbeing, political processes and institutions, non-timber forest products, ecosystem services).

14 July 2011
English

Indigenous Traditional Legal Systems and Conflict Resolution in Ratanakiri and Mondulkiri Provinces, Cambodia

uploaded by Sharai Lewis-Gruss

This UNDP report presents the findings of participatory action-research into the traditional justice
systems of indigenous villages in Ratanakiri and Mondulkiri provinces.  The research took place
over the period of March and April 2006.  The study has two main purposes:

1) to describe traditional justice systems and practices and raise issues for consideration in
policy and legislative development that would maintain access to justice for indigenous
communities through protection of indigenous peoples’ authorities, procedures and norms;
and
2) to describe some of the difficulties indigenous peoples face in finding just resolutions to their
problems outside their village and to suggest some possible solutions, largely based on
their own ideas. 

14 July 2011
English

Programming For Justice: Access For All (A Practicioner's Guide to a Human Rights-Based Approach to Access to Justice)

uploaded by Sharai Lewis-Gruss

This book aim is to help officials, aid agencies, civil society organizations and judges and lawyers to fulfill the true purpose of the law, with a human rights-based approach. The guide has been procuded by UNDP's Asia-Pacific Rights and Justice Initiative.  It is a handbook with practical suggestions for implementing access to justice programmes. 

12 July 2011
English

RaTA: A Rapid Land Tenure Assessment Manual for Identifying the Nature of Land Tenure Conflicts

uploaded by Sharai Lewis-Gruss

89-page manual published by the World Agroforestry Centre. Provides a practical introduction to the relationship between land tenure and land claims, explains land tenure systems and pluralisms, familiarizes practicioners with a range of interventions, and addresses confusing policies that inadvertently cause competing land claims.  This manual looks at land tenure conflicts via case studies.

07 July 2011
English

Manual For Social Impact Assessment of Land-Based Carbon Projects: Part I Core Guidance For Project Proponents

uploaded by Sharai Lewis-Gruss

Guidance on: social impact assessment frameworks; data collection methods; the typology of social impacts; how to select indictors. Also available in Spanish on Forest Trends' website.

07 July 2011
English

Manual For Social Impact Assessment of Land-Based Carbon Projects: Part II Toolbox of Methods And Support Materials

uploaded by Sharai Lewis-Gruss

Guidance on: social impact assessment frameworks; data collection methods; the typology of social impacts; how to select indictors. Also available in Spanish on Forest Trends' website.

07 July 2011
English

Akwé: Kon Guidelines

uploaded by Sharai Lewis-Gruss

Voluntary guidelines for the conduct of cultural, environmental and social impact assessments regarding developments proposed to take place on, or which are likely to impact on, sacred sites and on lands and waters traditionally occupied or used by indigenous and local communities.  

24 June 2011
English

Presentation: UN-REDD Social & Environmental Principles and Criteria, 14 June 2011

uploaded by Lera Miles

Presentation to CBD/UN-REDD Programme joint side event at UNFCCC SBSTA 34, given by Barney Dickson.

07 December 2010
English

FAO Policy on Indigenous and Tribal Peoples_2010

uploaded by Gaya Sriskanthan
The central purpose of the policy is to provide a framework to guide FAO’s work where indigenous peoples are concerned. It gives information about indigenous peoples’ livelihoods, world views and concerns about development, including certain “core principles” which should be at the heart of joint activities. The policy also defines a series of thematic areas where collaborative opportunities are most feasible. At the same time, a number of mechanisms are suggested that will allow cooperation with indigenous peoples to move forward in a more systematic way.
The central purpose of the policy is to provide a framework to guide FAO’s work
where indigenous peoples are concerned. It gives information about indigenous
peoples’ livelihoods, world views and concerns about development, including certain
“core principles” which should be at the heart of joint activities. The policy
also defines a series of thematic areas where collaborative opportunities are most
feasible. At the same time, a number of mechanisms are suggested that will allow
cooperation with indigenous peoples The central purpose of the policy, developed by the FAO in November 2010, is to provide a framework to guide FAO’s workwhere indigenous peoples are concerned. It gives information about indigenouspeoples’ livelihoods, world views and concerns about development, including certain“core principles” which should be at the heart of joint activities. The policyalso defines a series of thematic areas where collaborative opportunities are mostfeasible. At the same time, a number of mechanisms are suggested that will allowcooperation with indigenous peoples to move forward in a more systematic way.
07 December 2010
English

The right to food guidelines and indigenous peoples:an operational guide

uploaded by Gaya Sriskanthan

This Guide, developed by the FAO in 20009, aims to assist indigenous peoples and their organizations on how to use the Voluntary Guidelines to Support the Progressive Realization of the Right to Adequate Food in the Context of National Food Security to promote their own interests in the area of food security. It also intends to increase awareness and improve understanding among development workers as well as United Nations (UN) staff, government officials and indigenous peoples themselves, of linkages between issues affecting indigenous peoples and the Right to Food Guidelines. The Guide is thus mainly about using the Right to Food Guidelines as an instrument to advocate and lobby in favor of indigenous peoples’ interests.

20 September 2010
English

Impact of corruption on indigenous people

uploaded by Gaya Sriskanthan

A brief answering key questions regarding why indigenous peoples are vulnerable to corruption and what the impacts of corruption are on indigenous peoples. Looks at forest/natural resource management and the implications of climate change mitigation/adaptation activities from a corruption perspective. This brief was developed by experts contributing to the Anti-Corruption Resource Centre's Help Desk. 

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