Safeguard Information Systems

‘Safeguards’ usually refer to processes or policies designed to mitigate risks. The seven safeguards associated with REDD+, as agreed under the UNFCCC, are broad aspirational principles that can help to ensure that REDD+ activities ‘do no harm’ to people or the environment, as well as ‘do good’ and enhance social and environmental benefits.

Benefits and risks of REDD+ implementation

In addition to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, REDD+ implementation has the potential to deliver important social and environmental benefits (also called “co-benefits”, “multiple benefits” or “non-carbon benefits” of REDD+), but there is also the potential for risks to communities and to the environment.  These benefits and risks will vary depending on the REDD+ actions a country implements to address the drivers of deforestation and forest degradation, as well as where and how they are implemented.Table 7.1 summarizes some of the potential environmental and social benefits and risks of REDD+.

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