Social and Environmental Safeguards: Lessons from Cambodia REDD+ Pilot Projects

Following the 2007 meeting of UNFCCC, the Royal Government of Cambodia decided to implement REDD+ pilot projects, with approval in 2008 of Oddar Meanchey Community Forestry, followed in 2009 by the Seima Protection Forest in Mondolkiri. Both projects have applied certain sets of social and environmental safeguards towards meeting the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) and the Climate, Community and Biodiversity Standard (CCBS) requirements.


‘Useful’ research and policy development: Social forestry in ASEAN

The objective of the 6th CSO Forum on Social Forestry was to continue being the platform to discuss, distil, consolidate, and elevate messages and learnings of CSOs and smallholders on Social Forestry, Climate Change and related topics and develop concrete recommendations to be endorsed to the ASEAN Working Group on Social Forestry. Dr Nguon was invited as a speaker for the session on “Sharing on Lessons and Experience on how to Engage Regional Actors and Institutions”. This capacity building session aimed to draw experiences, lessons, and opportunities in engaging regional actors and institutions in securing forest rights and livelihoods. Using experiences from the SUMERNET supported research, Dr. Nguon outlined the detail of stakeholder engagement processes, its challenges and suggestions.


Challenges in developing national REDD+ strategies: Cambodia case study

The SUMERNET research team working on REDD+ has been observing the development of national REDD+ strategies in Cambodia. One of the key findings is that technical inputs needed for strategy development are lacking. This is despite the completion of the required activities such as assessing drivers of deforestation and forest degradation; establishing safeguard and national forest monitoring systems; and developing emission and forest reference levels.