REDD+ & Biodiversity

Volume 17 – November 2011

Regional Consultations and Capacity Building Workshops on REDD-plus, including on relevant Biodiversity Safeguards, AFRICA – Final report available
The 'Africa Regional Consultation and Capacity Building Workshop on REDD-plus, including on relevant biodiversity safeguards', was held in Cape Town, South Africa, from 20 to 23 September 2011. Download the final report.

Submission by the CBD Secretariat to UNFCCC
The Africa meeting concluded the series of regional consultations and capacity building workshops on REDD+. In total, representatives from 63 CBD Parties and from 55 international organizations, non-governmental organizations, private sector institutions and indigenous and local community organizations participated in the workshop series. The summaries of the workshops were submitted to the UNFCCC in response to a request by its SBSTA to submit views on methodological guidance for activities relating to REDD+.  The submission is available in EnglishFrench and Spanish. Full reports of the workshops listed in the submission are available on CBD meetings page.

CBD at UNFCCC COP 17 – Durban, South Africa
The Rio Conventions Pavilion will convene at UNFCCC COP 17, at the Climate Change and Response Expo, where a range of events will be organized, highlighting the linkages between biodiversity, climate change and sustainable land management, including a thematic day on REDD+ on 1 December 2011. More on

Forest Day 5 Forest Day 5 will take place on 4 December 2011 and will feature several events related to REDD+, including a REDD+ Biodiversity Safeguards discussion forum from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. More >>

The Role of Biodiversity in Climate Change Mitigation in Latin America
ROBIN is a new research project on "The Role of Biodiversity in Climate Change Mitigation in Latin America". It will inform the implementation of REDD+ by identifying options for using  biodiversity and ecosystems for climate change mitigation in multi-functional forest landscapes,  taking into account trade-offs with other ecosystem services. The research will be done by an inter-disciplinary team from Latin America and Europe using a combination of field-data, remote sensing, participatory approaches, integrated modelling and assessments at local and regional scales. For more information, contact: Dr Terry Parr, ROBIN Co-ordinator,; or refer to page 137 of the FP7 project catalogue.

UN-REDD Social and Environmental Principles and Criteria open for public comments
We invite you to comment on a new version of the UN-REDD Programme Draft Social and Environmental Principles and Criteria. Please send comments and questions to: Your feedback will be part of a public consultation process, running from 15 October to 31 December 2011.

COMIFAC REDD+ Projects – Call for interest for consultancies
For the call for a show of interest for consultancies on the COMIFAC / GEF REDD+ Project No. PP116805 / TF010048. Info >>
For the call for propositions for the COMIFAC – GEF/ MSP Project –COMIFAC Support Project No. PPl 16805 / TF01 0048. Info >>
To learn more about this, please contact COMIFAC's Executive Secretariat at

First Endowment to Aid Community-Owned Bird Reserves in Peruvian Andes
Conservation of high-altitude Polylepis forests in the Andes Mountains will benefit from a new $2 million endowment fund established by Fondo de las Américasú, Conservation International’s Global Conservation Fund, Conservation International Perú, and American Bird Conservancy. Beginning in 2012, the endowment will aid in the conservation of threatened bird species, including the Royal Cinclodes, White-browed Tit-Spinetail, and Ash-breasted Tit-Tyrant.  More >>

Forest Stewardship Council engagement and certification in the Congo Basin
 Recent developments related to Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) engagement and activities in the Congo Basin include: (1) High Conservation Value Forests (HCVFs); (2) Discussion on preconditions to FSC certification (3) Accreditation Services International (ASI) audits (4) Regional standard for the Congo Basin  (5)  Mediating understanding between parties.
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Intact forest landscapes: why it is crucial to protect them from industrial exploitation by Greenpeace Research Laboratories, Tech note 5/2011
Intact Forest Landscapes (IFLs) are blocks of unroaded forest (>500 km2) untouched by commercial logging or farming. IFLs are irreplaceable and essential for the Earth’s climate, biodiversity and people. Greenpeace has released a new report compiling the fragmentation impacts of roads and logging on IFLs, and detailing how protection of these intact forests (e.g. under REDD) can be made meaningful through participatory land-use planning. More >>

"Understanding Forest Bonds"
On 21 November, the Global Canopy Programme will release "Understanding Forest Bonds", a non-technical guide to forest bonds and how they can help raise the tens of billions of dollars needed to finance conservation and sustainable use of forests. "Unlocking Forest Bonds", published with WWF's Forest and Climate Initiative and the Climate Bonds Initiative.

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: 6 January 2012.
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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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