Operationalizing REDD+ Safeguards in Southeast Asia and the Pacific: Approaches, Experiences and Lessons of German Technical Cooperation

This paper takes stock of approaches, experiences, lessons learned and challenges in implementing REDD+ safeguards and building SIS in Southeast Asia and the Pacific. It discusses and highlights elements of a common approach of German technical cooperation in Indonesia, Lao PDR, Philippines, Vietnam and the Pacific Island Region, such as following UNFCCC guidance, the importance of monitoring impacts and establishing synergies with other sectorial initiatives as well as the need to build on countries’ existing systems and to develop SIS in a simple and cost-efficient way, so as to avoid overburdening REDD+ countries. Based on the experiences and common elements, it proposes a practical implementation framework for REDD+ countries and practitioners.