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Part 3: REDD+ safeguards and the IMC

 

This is the third and final blog in a series that have recorded a Q and A session with Pavel Jezek from the Acre Government, in south west Brazil. In the first blog, Pavel explained his role and how Acre is using the REDD+ Social and Environmental Safeguards standard.

In the second, he discussed the benefits and challenges of this safeguards process, how the Government is working with indigenous people in Acre and his reflections on topics on the agenda of the Lima hosted UN climate change conference later this year. In this final blog, Pavel discusses safeguards work elsewhere in Brazil, working with international partners and the future for Acre’s work in this area.

Amazon river © Simon Rawles / WWF-SkyAmazon river © Simon Rawles / WWF-Sky

What work is happening on REDD+ safeguards elsewhere in the Brazilian Amazon?

Matto Grosso state is particularly advanced in its safeguards approach. Other Brazilian Amazon states are still structuring their systems. The states are investing similar efforts, but each in its own context – the contexts can vary a lot. It’s important to continue these efforts – they need to be continuous, we need to consider WWF safeguards work as a dynamic process that doesn’t stop.

In terms of how our state-level approach would fit within a future national framework, this is still not clear. Acre is prepared to be nested within a national approach both for carbon accounting as well as social and environmental safeguards. But we don’t yet know how this process will evolve; we need to wait for the national policy to be defined.

What partners have supported the safeguards process in Acre?

Care International supported the safeguards facilitation team to conduct the adaptation and learning process. We also have the Brazilian NGO Imaflora, who supported learning and the elaboration of a safeguards monitoring manual. The Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD), through the REDD+ SES standard, stimulates the participation of civil society in the form of logistical support.  I would like to also thank WWF and the partnership with Sky for its support to SISA – the state law on incentives for environmental services – in several stages of its development. WWF is a civil society member of the State Commission for Validation and Monitoring (CEVA) governance group for SISA – it has an important contribution to make in this context, for example by providing solid contributions on biodiversity conservation to inform the development of policy and practice. Our report on SISA’s ISA Carbon programme has also been very useful.

What are the immediate priorities now for the Acre government in implementing its safeguards? And future next steps?

The immediate priority is to finalise the self-evaluation for qualification and certification. The next step will be to develop an action plan to respond to identified gaps in our safeguard approach. We also need to make intensive efforts to secure the future financial sustainability of the SISA. So far, we have the resources from German Development Bank KfW’s REDD Early Movers programme which is already benefitting ongoing policies and programmes in Acre, but to keep SISA delivering these benefits, we need to identify other funding sources.

Following the elections this October we continue for a further term with the same political party. For the future, I feel this system has a stability that should be able to survive political changes, and hopefully continue under future governments. It has a solid structure, a good example of how to make sustainable development model be put in practice. It’s important to highlight that the work towards a forest-based economy in Acre did not start with the REDD+ movement, but was already shaped in policy within a concept called Florestania or forest citizenship. I feel this is agood term to symbolise the necessity for the relationship between the population and nature.

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