International climate change discussions must include local people; they are both essential to climate change mitigation and the people who are and will continue to be affected most by the negative impacts of climate change.


RECOFTC – The Center for People and Forests will participate in the 20th Conference of Parties (COP20) this year in Lima, Peru. COP20, or the Lima Climate Change Conference, will be held in December, and will be a crucial moment leading up to the international climate agreement anticipated to be reached in 2015.

With REDD+ now formalized as the internationally agreed upon approach for tackling deforestation-produced emissions following agreements at the 2013 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Warsaw, and the global community preparing for the negotation of a landmark international climate change agreement at COP21 in Paris in 2015, there is a growing push to implement REDD+ inititatives. However, one aspect of REDD+ requiring attention as implementation gets underway is REDD+ Safeguard Information Systems (SIS): the development of systems for the design, implementation and monitoring of environmental and social safeguards of REDD+.

RECOFTC’s team aims to raise awareness on community forestry as a tried and true model for approaching national SIS under REDD+. There is global consensus that SIS should be based upon existing, equitable and participatory systems; community forestry is an established system based on the principles of equitable benefit-sharing and participation.

RECOFTC and the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) will be hosting a side event to discuss safeguard development on 3 December at 3 pm. 


Side event: "Approaches to equity in forest governance: Lessons for safeguard development"



Representatives working on forestry and climate change in Asia and Africa will reflect on experiences strengthening equity in forest governance, and associated challenges and oppotunities, with a view to how lessons learned can contribute to safeguard development in REDD+. 


Nur Masripatin, ARKN-FCC Chair: "Safeguards and Safeguards Information Systems (SIS): Experiences from national and regional processes"

Regan Suzuki Pairojmahakij, RECOFTC: "Community forestry as an approach to national REDD+ Safeguard Information Systems (SIS) design, implementation and monitoring"

Marisa Camargo, University of Helsinki and INDUFOR: "Greening the supply chain: How deforestation resulting from commercial agriculture can be addressed in REDD+ countries"

Chandra Silori, RECOFTC: "Experiences and challenges of REDD+ safeguards capacity development at the grassroots level in the Asia-Pacific region"

Edna Maguidad, Non-Timber Forests Products Exchange Program: "Benefit sharing modalities in communally-owned and manages resources in the Philippines: Lessons in ensuring equity and accountability for REDD+ benefit distribution systems"

Moderator: Dr. Doris Capistrano, ASFCC Senior Advisor. 

Wednesday, 3 December 


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For more information, email Regan Suzuki Pairojmahaki at 

SIS policy brief 20-11-14 V.3.pdf1.17 MB