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Social safeguards: Protecting the territorial rights of indigenous peoples

Clinton Climate Initiative

Clinton Climate Initiative

[Stand No. 12]

Mr Stepi Hakim is a leading specialist in forest certification and REDD+ with more than 15 years of experience working as a consultant in the forestry sector. Stepi has been involved with timber certification and verification issues since 1997 and climate change since 2007. He has facilitated eight REDD+ projects in Kalimantan, Sulawesi and Java under his current position with the Clinton Climate Initiative, where he is National Coordinator. He is also involved in the development and adaptation of the REDD+ Social and Environment Standards (Safeguards) for Central Kalimantan and East Kalimantan Provinces of Indonesia.

Presentation Summary

The REDD+ SES (Social and Environmental Standards) are safeguards used to support the design and implementation of REDD+ programmes that respect the rights of indigenous peoples and generate significant social and biodiversity benefits. These Standards are designed for government-led programmes implemented at the national or provincial level and are relevant for fund-based or market-based financing. REDD+ SES provides a comprehensive framework of key issues and elements of quality that can be used consistently across countries and provinces while enabling tailoring to the local context. Social and local culture values have to be incorporated into the process of REDD+ SES development in each location.

The REDD+ SES safeguards are being used in Ecuador, Tanzania, Nepal, the State of Acre in Brazil and the provinces of Central and East Kalimantan in Indonesia. The Clinton Climate Initiative has been leading the process in Indonesia and Tanzania along with local and international partners.

Key questions:

  • How are internationally-accepted safeguards adapted to a local context while preserving the original intention? What are the challenges and opportunities?
  • How can local communities best be involved in the process of designing social safeguards?
  • How does REDD+ SES and safeguards in general complement and enhance the REDD+ process?
  • How does REDD+ SES synergise with a safeguards information system in the country?