Towards Transformative REDD Strategy: Lessons from Safeguards Development and Planning in the Philippines
ASOG Working Paper 17-007
21 Pages Posted: 22 Sep 2017
Date Written: April 01, 2017
In 2010, government agencies and civil society organizations jointly crafted the Philippine National REDD Strategy (PNRPS) to facilitate the implementation of REDD activities over a 10-year horizon. This period included a 3-5 year Readiness Phase, before gradually scaling up to full Engagement (PNRPS, 2010, iv). Since then, government and civil society organizations have received grants and technical assistance to carry out REDD readiness activities at the national and local levels. These have focused on capacity building, forestland use planning and policy development, all geared toward creating an environment favorable for eventual full implementation of REDD, including the receipt of performance-based compensation and realizing the potential social and environmental co-benefits. Work in this regard has included efforts to align national and local policy and governance with the social and environmental safeguards decided on at the 16th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. This paper examines in particular, the initiative to develop a National Safeguards Framework and set of Guidelines for REDD safeguards using the REDD Safeguards Spectrum proposed by Arhin in 2014. The experiences of the province of Albay will be cited as a case study. Finally, recommendations will be proposed for moving forward with REDD in the Philippines through national-level action.
Keywords: REDD, Governance, Safeguards, Philippines
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