The UN-REDD Programme workshop “REDD+ Beyond Carbon: Safeguards and Multiple Benefits”, organised by UNEP-WCMC on behalf of UNEP, was held from 13th-15th November in Cambridge. The workshop bought together 46 delegates, including representatives from 14 UN-REDD Partner countries from all three of the world's major forested regions – Africa, Latin America and Asia, alongside members of civil society and indigenous peoples organisations. Key objectives of the workshop were to:
1. Share country experiences on planning for multiple benefits and safeguard implementation, and to provide an opportunity for South-South learning.
2. Learn about the decision-support offered by the UN-REDD Programme.
3. Assist UN-REDD Programme partner countries to address multiple benefits, safeguards, and their inclusion in national REDD+ strategies.
4. Evaluate what further work is needed on these topics to meet national needs within the framework of the UN-REDD Programme.
Participants discussed applying REDD+ safeguards in country, the quantification, valuation and mapping of multiple benefits, and monitoring the impacts of REDD+ on ecosystem services and biodiversity. Presentations from the workshop can be found here, and the full workshop report is available here.
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