Since its creation, UN-REDD has supported, directly (through technical assistance) or indirectly (through technical feedback and knowledge exchange) 36 partner countries with their approaches to meeting UNFCCC safeguards requirements for REDD+. The key achievements in that regard for 2019 are presented below:
- Ten countries made progress in the reporting of safeguards. Argentina, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Paraguay and Zambia finalized and submitted their first summaries of information to the UNFCCC secretariat. Viet Nam submitted its first summary of information to the UNFCCC secretariat in January 2019. Colombia finalized its third summary of information and drafted its fourth. Three countries made progress in drafting their first summaries, namely Honduras, Myanmar and Peru; with Myanmar finalizing the report, which is currently under review. The global progress achieved on summaries of information by the end of 2019 is presented in figure 1.
- Compared to the previous year, seven countries made progress in the design and operation of their SIS at the national level. Argentina, Chile and Paraguay put their SIS online, thus facilitating access to information on how safeguards are being addressed and respected in those countries, and to details of other elements of their approaches to safeguards. In addition, Côte d’Ivoire and Zambia developed test versions of their SIS platforms and will make them available online in 2020. Colombia finalized the design of its SIS, and Myanmar made progress in the design of its system. Figure 2 presents Global SIS Progress at the end of 2019.
- Knowledge was shared on SIS in a South-East Asia subregional exchange which focused on moving from SIS design to SIS operation. Representatives of Cambodia, Myanmar and Viet Nam participated in the event.
- Technical and communications materials on REDD+ safeguards were developed, including an infographic and the drafts of two technical briefs on SIS operation and the production of summaries of information.