The implementation of REDD + can entail benefits that go beyond the reduction of emissions, and REDD + can also lead to potential social and environmental risks in certain contexts. The possible benefits and risks of REDD + implementation in Suriname are included in the Strategic Environment and Social Analysis report.
"Safeguards" or "Safeguards" are laws, rules or measures to protect someone or something against possible damage. At the UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (COP-16) in Cancun, Mexico in 2010, a set of seven (7) safeguards have been adopted, which should be promoted and supported when undertaking REDD + activities to ensure that REDD + activities do not harm people and the environment, but rather improve the social and environmental benefits.
A "Safeguard Information System" (SIS) is a system to provide information about how the 7 guarantees are worked on and how they are respected during REDD + implementation. The development of an SIS is one of the components that must be met in the REDD + Preparation phase.
To develop a SIS for REDD + in Suriname, a consultancy team was hired consisting of national and international experts. The development of the SIS started in December 2018 and is expected to be completed in August 2019. On March 1, 2019, a SIS Roadmap workshop at national level was held in the Royal Ballroom of Hotel Torarica. The workshop was attended by more than 66 participants. The main purpose of this workshop was threefold: creating a broad understanding of the requirements of guarantees for REDD +; discussing progress and planning to meet the requirements for REDD + guarantees in Suriname; and generating understanding about the steps required to develop an SIS and identifying the key priorities and functions for Suriname.
The trajectory after the Roadmap workshop up to and including August 2019 will mainly focus on the following activities: setting up an SIS Sounding Board group; consultation sessions with all ten (10) indigenous and tribal communities; SIS training at national level; and a SIS validation session.