On 18 November 2013, the Global Legislators Organisation (GLOBE International) under its Forest Legislation Initiative presented the 1st GLOBE Forest Legislation Study at a high-level launch event with legislators from over 10 countries and representatives from UNEP, the GEF and officials for the governments of DRC, Indonesia and Mexico which took place in the sidelines of UNFCCC COP19/CMP9 in Warsaw, Poland.
The study analyses legislation related to REDD+ and provides recommendations for legislative reform in the key forested countries Brazil, DRC, Indonesia and Mexico. Key findings from the study include:
- Countries do not have to wait for the international process to act.
- National legislation is crucial for REDD+ to be implemented in a way that is effective, fair and transparent, while reducing the risk of corruption.
- There are a growing number of REDD+ demonstration sites and pilot projects. However, these are not underpinned by adequate national legislation, leaving forest communities in a legal void.
- Parliaments can play a key role in providing oversight of REDD+ financial flows and increase the public's participation and confidence in REDD+.
- Reforms that are essential for REDD+ implementation include approval procedures for REDD+ projects and programmes and clarifying which state institutions are responsible for supervising REDD+.
Countries included in the 1st Forest Legislation Study:
Click on the pins on the world map above to access country-specific extracts from the study.
The GLOBE Forest Legislation Study and the GLOBE Forest Legislation Initiative events at COP are produced in partnership with and with the generous support of: