The Warsaw Framework for REDD: Implications for National Implementation and Access to Results-Based Finance

Carbon and Climate Law Review, Special issue on Implementing REDD+ in Context: Developing National and Sub-national Legal Frameworks, August/September 2015, Forthcoming

University of Oslo Faculty of Law Research Paper No. 2015-28

17 Pages Posted: 30 Jul 2015 Last revised: 22 Aug 2016

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Christina Voigt

University of Oslo

Felipe Ferreira

Division of Climate Change. Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Brazil

Date Written: July 30, 2015

Abstract

The Warsaw Framework for REDD (WFR) has established a robust and comprehensive framework for the effective and sustained implementation of REDD activities while aiming at environmental integrity and tangible results. A critical element of the WFR are the modalities for measuring, reporting and verifying (MRV) greenhouse gas emissions and removals as an essential tool for linking REDD activities to results-based finance.

This article describes the WFR and indicates six of its implications for the implementation of REDD in developing countries in the context of access to results-based finance. These include (1) the accumulative nature of the requirements to obtain results-based finance, (2) a higher degree of normative bindingness and (3) systematic integration of UNFCCC COP decisions on REDD.

Furthermore, (4) the WFR enhanced transparency of MRV processes and (5) promotes centralization at the national level, by linking MRV processes to reporting obligations of developing countries under the UNFCCC and by providing the opportunity of creating a voluntary national entity or focal point for REDD, increasing the (6) need for inter-sectoral and inter-agency coordination. While all six implications will be discussed, the article highlights in particular the aspects of centralization and increased transparency.

Keywords: results-based finance, MRV, transparency, accountability, centralization

JEL Classification: K33, K32

Suggested Citation

Voigt, Christina and Ferreira, Felipe, The Warsaw Framework for REDD: Implications for National Implementation and Access to Results-Based Finance (July 30, 2015). Carbon and Climate Law Review, Special issue on Implementing REDD+ in Context: Developing National and Sub-national Legal Frameworks, August/September 2015, Forthcoming; University of Oslo Faculty of Law Research Paper No. 2015-28. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2637767

Christina Voigt (Contact Author)

University of Oslo ( email )

PO Box 6706 St Olavsplass
Oslo, 0130
Norway

Felipe Ferreira

Division of Climate Change. Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Brazil ( email )

Setor de Administração Federal Sul
Quadra 5 - Lotes 2/3
Brasilia, DF 70170-900
Brazil

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