UN negotiators punt decision on non-carbon benefits of REDD

11 July 2014

WASHINGTON DC, United States (11 July, 2014)_In June 2014, the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) met for its 40th session to discuss a range of issues, including outstanding items related to Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+).

Although UNFCCC Parties adopted the Warsaw REDD+ Framework last year, which is intended to capture all REDD+ decisions taken by the UNFCCC, a number of important issues remained open for further discussion. These included non-market-based approaches, non-carbon benefits (NCBs), and further guidance on safeguards information systems.

Consideration of methodological guidance relating to NCBs – the social, environmental, and governance benefits that REDD+ should provide – occupied a good portion of the SBSTA discussions on REDD+. However, there was significant disagreement about the need for any specific guidance for incentivizing such benefits.

Eventually, Parties agreed to continue considering methodological issues next year at SBSTA’s 42nd session, providing the necessary space to discuss issues related to safeguard information systems (SIS) at SBSTA’s 41st session in Peru at COP 20.

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