REDD+ safeguards

Institutional arrangement for implementing REDD+ safeguards

The institutional arrangement for implementing REDD+ safeguards will follow similar devolution of roles and responsibilities at REDD+ entities at federal, regional and wereda level. The National REDD+ Secretariat will be responsible for putting in place and oversee the operation of participatory/inclusive consultation mechanisms, of social and environmental safeguards and the safe guard information system (SIS) and of grievance and redress mechanism (GRM) entailing REDD+ implementation. The regional management institutions, mainly the RRCU, will be responsible in implementing the national REDD+ safeguard instruments including the grievance redress mechanism and reporting back to the federal REDD+ entities on REDD+ safeguard implementation outcomes.

Details on recommended REDD+ institutional arrangements and their roles and   responsibilities  is shown as in Table 5( based on the work of national legal and institutional analysis for REDD+ implementation by Climate Focus).

Table. REDD+ Institutional arrangement (Agencies, Functions and levels)

REDD+ Functions Federal (National) Level Sub-national Level
Provide overall management and oversight of the process

 

» Ensures vertical and horizontal coordination of strategy development, implementation, decision-making and planning

; – FRSC

» Promote collaboration and cooperation among different sectors and stakeholders – FRSC

» Harmonize REDD+ related policies and programs – FRSC

» Helping to create operational environment for smooth implementation of REDD+ strategy – FRSC

» Oversee the implementation and review of REDD+ strategy and policies; – NRS

» Review and approve REDD+ plans and programs of Regions – MEFCC

» Engage in REDD+ international relationships and partnerships.-MEFCC

»Provides overall coordination and facilitation of REDD+ institutions and technical backstopping – NRS

» Coordinate regional demonstration activities – NRS

» Guides and ensures the full participation of women and local communities in REDD+ process – NRS

» Ensure effective efficient and transparent governance of M & MRV and Management of data under MRV system – NRS

» Monitors and oversees the implementation of centralized operational functions (e.g. MRV, safeguards), including at sub-national level – NRS

» Oversees that the sub-national programs meet objectives and requirements set out in the Federal REDD+ Strategy – RRSC

Ø  Ensures vertical and horizontal coordination of RRCU planning, implementation, decision-making between implementing institutions – RRSC

Ø  Ensures high-level political oversight and executive power – RRSC

Ø  Review performance of REDD+ institutions and relevant stakeholders in fulfilling their roles and responsibilities – RRSC

» Provides conflict resolution between stakeholders at regional level – RRSC

 

» Promote collaboration and cooperation among different sectors and stakeholders at sub-national level- RRSC

» Harmonize REDD+ related implementation activities – RRSC

» Helping to create operational environment for smooth implementation of REDD+ strategy – RRSC

Elaborates REDD+ plans, programs and projects; – RRCU

» Oversees implementation and MRV of REDD+ plans, programs and projects; – RRSC

» Reports to the National REDD+ Secretariat; – RRCU

» Coordinates the implementation of strategies at Wereda & Kebele levels – RRCU

» Guides and ensures the full participation of women and local communities in REDD+ process – RRCU

» Oversee and coordinates planning and implementation of REDD+ activities and REDD+ relevant activities at Wereda level – WRSC

» Ensure cross-sectoral policy coordination at wereda level – WRSC

» Coordinates implementation of REDD+ activities and REDD+ relevant activities among local implementers (e.g user group, cooperative unions, PFM institutions) at Kebele level – KEC

» Provide conflict resolution at Kebele level – KEC

Manage REDD+ finance » Channel and monitor funding for REDD+ from international and national sources; – MoFEC/REDD+ Window

» Manage funding for REDD+ from international and national sources; – MEFCC

» Allocate and disburse resources according to agreed rules and procedures ; – MEFCC

» Ensure compliance with nationally and internationally agreed-upon financial, fiduciary and reporting procedures; – NRS

» Establish and manage relationships with REDD+ carbon market. – MEFCC

» Manage finance allocated for the regional REDD+ Implementation; – RRCU

 

» Disburses and monitors resources to approved REDD+ plans, programs

and projects; – RRCU

» Ensures compliance with nationally agreed-upon financial, fiduciary and reporting

procedures-RRCU

 

Provide technical guidance and support for REDD+ » Put in place national standards for REDD+ (e.g. MRV and for social and environmental safeguards) – MRV Unit/REDD Sec.

» Guides and monitors regular forest assessments and MRV activities – MRV Unit

» Review and monitor national REDD+ Program implementation – FRTWG

» Review and approve forest assessment and MRV results; – MEFCC

» Provide technical guidance for proper implementation of safeguard instruments NRS /SESA TF

» Manage relationships with international REDD+ technical bodies; – NRS

» Provide technical assistance to REDD+ parties. – NRS

» Provide multi-stakeholder support and advice, including legal, institutional and technical aspects of REDD+ – FRTWG/TFs

» Drafts policy and operational documents – FRTWG/TFs

» Supervise and provides all technical/technological support, builds capacity and logistics support to with regards to MRV to sub-national actors (e.g.RRCUs) – MRV Unit/NRS

» Applies national standards for REDD+ metrics, MRV, and social and environmental safeguards;-RRTWG/RRCU

» Assists in  regular forest assessments and MRV

activities ; – Regional implementing Bureau/RRCU

» Provides technical assistance to programs and projects. RRTWG/RRCU

» Provides technical support to WRIU on forest resource assessment, monitoring and reporting requirements – RRCU

» Review and monitor national REDD+ Program implementation – FRTWG

 

» Facilitates the work of Wereda RSC and Kebele executive Committee WRIU

» Facilitates decentralized coordination of implementing institutions – WRIU

Implement REDD+ activities » Implements national enabling & readiness activities and coordinates demonstration activities; – NRS

» Supervise and coach REDD+ implementation – NRS

» Periodic execution of forest assessment for deforestation and degradation monitoring – MRV Unit/NRS

» Design, maintenance and operation of national forest information management system and dissemination through web portal – MRV Unit/NRS

» Prepares and implements REDD+ projects in accordance with REDD+ national strategies and policies, MRV standards, and social and environmental safeguards;-RRCU/Regional Implementing Bureaus/wereda offices

»  Planning, budgeting, procurement, reporting, monitoring and evaluation – RRCU

» Provide reports to the REDD+ Secretariat (e.g. for MRV, M & E, Safeguards) – RRCU

» Implements REDD+ safeguard instruments at wereda level – WRIU

» Provide conflict resolution at wereda level WRIU

» Guides and ensures the full participation of women and local communities in REDD+ process – WRIU

» Conducts forest resource assessment activities in coordination with relevant institutions – WRIU

» Facilitate Implementation of REDD+ activities  at Kebele level (e.g safeguard, PFM) – KDAs

» Ensure the participation and full engagement of women in REDD+ process – KDAs

» Leads forest assessment, monitoring and MRV across sub-national level – RRCU

» Establish appropriate forest resource assessment in line with the guideline at the Federal level – RRCU

» Check all data and results in order to confirm that these are in accordance to the standards defined in the national MRV modalities – RRCU

» Reports all the data to the national MRV unit – RRCU

» Calculate sub-national level program GHG emissions and Emissions reductions including associated uncertainties – RRCU

» Submit data to the national MRV Unit for quality check – RRCU

Track, register and certify REDD+ actions and/or outcomes » Put in place and oversee the national REDD+ MRV and Certification standards  & procedures; – NRS

» Registers & Certify MRV REDD+ results; – Third party (Tbi)

» Facilitate REDD+ payments and distribution of Certified Emission Reductions among REDD+ project participants; – MEFCC

» Manage relationships with international registry and certification bodies. – NRS /MEFCC

» Ensures that sub-national programs and projects comply with national REDD+ MRV and certification standards and procedures;-RRCU/RRTWG/Wereda Regional EPB

» Submits results to national authorities for approval, registry and certification. – RRCU

» Submit data and report activities related to MRV and other REDD+ related activities to RRCU–WRIU

Ensure REDD+ safeguarding and accountability » Put in place and oversee the operation of participatory and consultation mechanisms and of social and environmental safeguards; – NRS /RTWG

» Put in place and oversee operation of grievance and redress mechanism; – NRS /MEFCC

» Manage relationships with international safeguards and accountability bodies; – NRS /MEFCC

» Put in place a safeguard information system (SIS) – NRS /SESA TF

» Ensures that sub-national programs and projects complywith national participatory and consultation proceduresand national social and environmental safeguards; in collaboration with relevant sectoral bureaus as needed (e.g. ESIA) – RRCU/RRTWG

» Ensure the implementation of grievance redress mechanism or refer parties to the national level as required – RRCU.

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Capacity building » Provide or facilitate capacity building to national & regional REDD+ staff; – NRS

» Provide or facilitate capacity building for all major national level REDD+ stakeholders – NRS

» Provides/organizes training and capacity building to technical staff of REDD+ stakeholders, (in collaboration with REDD+ secretariat as needed); – RRCU

» Provides capacity building and facilitation to ensure proper participation of local communities –RRCU