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Posted on Sustainabilitank.info on November 10th, 2010
by Pincas Jawetz (pj@sustainabilitank.info)

Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) is an effort to create a financial value for the carbon stored in forests, offering incentives for developing countries to reduce emissions from forested lands and invest in low-carbon paths to sustainable development. “REDD+” goes beyond deforestation and forest degradation, and includes the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks.

It is predicted that financial flows for greenhouse gas emission reductions from REDD+ could reach up to US$30 billion a year. This significant North-South flow of funds could reward a meaningful reduction of carbon emissions and could also support new, pro-poor development, help conserve biodiversity and secure vital ecosystem services.

At the occasion of the 14th International Anti-Corruption Conference in Bangkok, GTZ and UNDP will convene a workshop on 13 November, titled “Opportunities and threats in REDD+ – Why we need an active anti-corruption community when 15-30 billion US$ might be invested to mitigate global warming” to facilitate mutual learning between experts and practitioners from the forest & REDD+ and anti-corruption communities in an open discussion. The ideas, inputs, and networks developed during the workshop will inform follow-up activities to help shape corruption prevention mechanisms in REDD+.

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About REDD+

Deforestation and forest degradation, through agricultural expansion, conversion to pastureland, infrastructure development, destructive logging, fires etc., account for nearly 20% of global greenhouse gas emissions, more than the entire global transportation sector and second only to the energy sector. It is now clear that in order to constrain the impacts of climate change within limits that society will reasonably be able to tolerate, the global average temperatures must be stabilized within two degrees Celsius. This will be practically impossible to achieve without reducing emissions from the forest sector, in addition to other mitigation actions.

  • 14th IACC conference in Bangkok, Thailand
  • 14th IACC conference in Bangkok, Thailand

Global Challenges

Workshop: “Opportunities and threats of REDD+ – Why we need an active anti-corruption community when 15-30 bn. US$ might be invested to mitigate global warming

A substantial amount of financial resources are likely to be invested for mitigating Climate Change through REDD+. The workshop will facilitate mutual learning between experts and practitioners from the forest & climate and anti-corruption communities to strengthen corruption prevention mechanisms in this area.

The objective is to harness the potential of integrating preventive anti-corruption measures in designing a successful implementation of REDD+. The workshop should enhance a substantive anti-corruption perspective to the debate around REDD+ at an early stage.

Therefore, there will be three inputs and substantive discussion with the objective to reach a common understanding of REDD+ within the audience, provide an overview on corruption risks being discussed at both international and country level and how they have been addressed so far, and identify further corruption risks areas and possible fields of future action and cooperation.

Moderation and key note: Veerle Vandeweerd, Director, Environment and Energy group, UNDP

Panelists:

Tim Clairs, Senior Technical Advisor, UNDP, UN-REDD Programme
Mr. Clairs will introduce the general aspects of the REDD+ mechanism; including REDD, REDD+ and REDD readiness
Reference level (baseline) of historic/future emissions from deforestation
Engagement of stakeholders
Measuring, Reporting, Verifying of emission reductions and safeguards
Nationally-owned REDD strategies
Performance-based payments and benefit distribution

Aled Williams, U4, UK. Coordinator of study “REDD and Corruption”
Mr. Williams will give an overview of corruption risks and initiatives dealing with corruption and forestry, especially REDD+. The presentation is based on publications by U4 and UNDP and will include:
Overview of potential corruption challenges related to REDD+, at the global, regional, national, local and community levels
Discussing applicability of existing analytical and assessment tools for mapping corruption risks in REDD programmes
Discussing means to enhance monitoring of REDD performance from an anti-corruption viewpoint, with a particular focus on assessment and monitoring of specific corruption risks through multi-stakeholder processes

Grizelda “Gerthie” Mayo-Anda, Environmental lawyer, Philippines, Founder of the “Environmental Legal Assistance Center – ELAC and board member of a variety of other NGOs
Mrs. Mayo-Anda will speak about the practical implications of corruption for different activities in the forest sector (e.g. development projects, distribution of user rights or the implications for people employed in the sector).

Output:

Structured discussion to exchange ideas and identify opportunities for cooperation.
The main results of the workshop will be obtained through the discussion, a structured collection of insights and recommendations as well as resource persons and institutions for future cooperation. Scope of the discussion: what needs to be done and who can do what to integrate preventive anti-corruption measures in REDD+ development and implementation.

The discussion will be guided along 4 prepared questions.

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