Towards Transformative REDD Strategy: Lessons from Safeguards Development and Planning in the Philippines

ASOG Working Paper 17-007

21 Pages Posted: 22 Sep 2017

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Justine Nicole Torres

Ateneo School of Government

Reginald Rex Barrer

Ateneo School of Government

Mary Caleda

Ateneo de Manila University - Ateneo School of Government

Date Written: April 01, 2017

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Torres, Justine Nicole and Barrer, Reginald Rex and Caleda, Mary, Towards Transformative REDD Strategy: Lessons from Safeguards Development and Planning in the Philippines (April 01, 2017). ASOG Working Paper 17-007 . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3041035 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3041035

Justine Nicole Torres (Contact Author)

Ateneo School of Government ( email )

Pacifico Ortiz Hall, Fr. Arrupe Road
Social Development Complex, Loyola Heights
Quezon City, Manila 1108
Philippines

Reginald Rex Barrer

Ateneo School of Government ( email )

Pacifico Ortiz Hall, Fr. Arrupe Road
Social Development Complex, Loyola Heights
Quezon City, Manila 1108
Philippines

Mary Caleda

Ateneo de Manila University - Ateneo School of Government ( email )

Pacifico Ortiz Hall, Fr. Arrupe Road
Social Development Complex, Loyola Heights
Quezon City, Manila 1108
Philippines

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