REDD+ & Biodiversity

Volume 21 – November - December 2012

CBD COP 11, Hyderabad, India
The eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity met from 8 – 19 October 2012. At this meeting, Parties adopted decision XI/19 on advice on the application of relevant safeguards for biodiversity with regard to policy approaches and positive incentives on issues relating to reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation and the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks in developing countries. See the advance unedited copy of COP-11 decisions.

UN-REDD Launches New Policy Brief on Multiple Benefits of REDD+
Avoiding significant risks and securing additional benefits from REDD+ could be the key to the overall success of the mechanism. The UN-REDD Programme Policy Brief entitled "REDD+ Beyond Carbon: Supporting Decisions on Safeguards and Multiple Benefits", elaborates on the use of tools and data to support decisions on this topic, and presents examples from implementation in REDD+ countries.

REDD+ SES Version 2 now available
REDD+ Social and Environmental Standards Version 2 is now available in English, Spanish, French, Portuguese and soon in Nepalese and Bahasa Indonesia at REDD+ SES provides a mechanism for country-led, multi-stakeholder assessment to show how safeguards are being addressed and respected by a government-led REDD+ program throughout implementation.

Resources and Publications
REDD+ Resource Digest
The REDD+ Resource Digest is a free, weekly email round-up of international REDD+ news and information. This digest is compiled as a service to REDD+ practitioners around the globe and represents a wide range of varying perspectives. Subscribe now.

CANOPY e-newsletter
CANOPY, a quarterly e-newsletter from WWF's global Forest and Climate Initiative, keeps you up to date on REDD+ news and information. Subscribe now .

"Sharing the Benefits of REDD+: Lessons from the Field"
A new report by The Nature Conservancy "Sharing the Benefits of REDD+: Lessons from the Field," (funded by Government of Norway) includes case studies of ten natural resource management and benefit sharing programs, identifies five factors for successful program design, and examines how actors’ interests can be aligned — landholders, private firms and state and federal governments — to achieve forest-friendly development.

“The Biodiversity Bargain”
An article co-authored by Achim Steiner and Braulio Dias about Biodiversity and REDD+ is available here .

How can you publish in this Newsletter?
Your contributions to this Newsletter on issues related to biodiversity aspects of REDD-plus are welcome. Please send your submission to Articles should contain no more than 60 words, and must contain a hyperlink for more information.  Deadline to submit articles for the next issue: 10 January 2013.
The aim of this e-Newsletter is to inform CBD National Focal Points and CBD partners about biodiversity aspects in relation to reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, and the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks in developing countries (REDD+). To subscribe, please visit

This newsletter is published pursuant to CBD decision IX/5. The views expressed in this publication do not necessarily reflect the views of the Secretariat of the CBD.

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