Briefing Document / Feb. 2, 2012

Principles for Independent Monitoring of REDD (IM-REDD)

Governance is key to REDD+. Through internationally agreed principles, safeguards and standards, a roadmap for progress towards the good governance required for successful REDD+ will be developed. Importantly, it will be owned by the countries concerned. A clear conflict of interest exists if governments monitor their own performance. A set of 10 principles can be dervied from Independent Forest Monitoring, developed over the decade to address precisely this problem. All 10 principles are essential for effective monitoring that provides credibility that the governance system is working, and apply equally to monitoring REDD+. While the scope of the monitoring for REDD+ differ; the principles and methodology remian the same.