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A new case study on the development of a national safeguard system for REDD+ in Mexico was just published by Bank of Information Center (BIC), the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL), and Mexican Environmental Law Center (CEMDA).
The case study provides a narrative detailing the development of a national safeguard system and a Safeguards Information System for REDD+ in Mexico, with a closer examination of dialogue around participation & consultation and forest governance. The study seeks to identify transferable lessons from Mexico’s experience, making the case that even a country like Mexico, which has a strong legislative framework and high institutional capacity, would benefit from further international guidance to ensure that safeguards are addressed and respected in REDD+ implementation.
Although Mexico’s experience provides a number of positive, transferable lessons that would be useful for other countries in the REDD+ preparation phase, we also conclude that the development of a national safeguard system could have proceeded more smoothly if additional guidance on safeguards had been in place. The case study focuses specifically on the need for greater guidance from the UNFCCC in the context of negotiations at the current COP in Lima, and guidance from the World Bank in the context of the Bank’s ongoing safeguard review.