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The Climate, Community & Biodiversity Alliance

REDD+ Projects: How can we be sure if they are good or bad for local people and their environment?

You are invited to join a webinar launching a new Social and Biodiversity Impact Assessment (SBIA) Manual for REDD+ Projects, November 22, 2011, 9:30-11:00 US Eastern Standard Time (15:30-17:00 Central European Time). Click here to register in advance.

The following panelists will explain the elements of the manual and how it can be used to assist REDD+ projects to undertake credible and cost-effective impact analysis, particularly projects using the Climate, Community & Biodiversity (CCB) Standards:

  • Joanna Durbin – CCBA
  • Michael Richards – Forest Trends
  • Steve Panfil – Conservation International
  • Jeffrey Hayward – Rainforest Alliance
  • Jane Dunlop – Fauna & Flora International

The Climate, Community & Biodiversity (CCB) Standards, used to assess multiple benefits of the majority of forest carbon projects, provide robust standards; however, until now there has been limited guidance on how to undertake credible and cost-effective impact assessment. Forest Trends, the Climate, Community and Biodiversity Alliance (CCBA), Fauna & Flora International (FFI) and Rainforest Alliance have developed a user-friendly manual that enables land-based carbon project proponents to undertake cost-effective social and biodiversity impact assessment (SBIA). The SBIA Manual is oriented to the CCB Standards, but the approach described is applicable to other multiple benefit carbon standards, as well as to other types of payments for ecosystem services (PES) projects.

The Manual promotes a participatory approach that integrates project design and impact assessment through the development of a project theory of change. The benefits of this approach go far beyond the generation of credible monitoring plans and include: strategic project design necessary for achieving social and biodiversity objectives; effective participation of project stakeholders; promotion of adaptive project management; ease of understanding and of explanation of the results to a range of stakeholders.

Find out more by joining the webinar.

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