Objectives of the SIS

Produce summaries of information on REDD+ safeguards for UNFCCC

The SIS should enable Uganda to prepare a summary of information on how the Cancun safeguards have been addressed and respected throughout the implementation of REDD+ safeguards to the UNFCCC. A summary must be submitted at least every four years as part of the National Communication to the UNFCCC and may be submitted at other times to the UNFCCC information hub. A summary of information on safeguards is required prior to obtaining results-based payments for REDD+.

Provide assurances on safeguards implementation and non-carbon benefits to donors

The SIS should facilitate reporting to current and future international multi-lateral and bilateral donors providing finance for REDD+ activities on compliance with their social and environmental operational policies and on non-carbon benefits generated through their support. The current donor for the readiness phase of REDD+ is the World Bank as trustee of the FCPF. Potential future donors for activities that contribute to REDD+ include the African Development Bank, the Green Climate Fund, the Global Environment Facility and the United Nations Development Programme.

Provide information to the Ugandan government on contributions to sustainable development

The SIS should help to demonstrate how REDD+ activities contribute to sustainable development in Uganda.

Provide assurances to local stakeholders on their social and environmental priorities

The SIS should show how safeguards are addressing risks and opportunities of REDD+ identified through consultations with all stakeholders during the SESA for the National REDD+ Strategy and will help to maintain broad support for REDD+ activities among local communities and other Ugandan stakeholders.

In terms of scope, information should be included in the SIS on how safeguards have been addressed and respected in the implementation of all activities implemented under the National REDD+ Strategy. This means that information needs to be collected for activities undertaken to implement the following strategic options.

 Strategic options and sub-options proposed for implementation

Strategic options and sub-options proposed for implementation
Strategic option 1: Climate smart agriculture
o Sustainable land management and agroforestry practices;
o Rainwater harvesting with collection tank and drip irrigation;
o Greenhouse cultivation of vegetables;
Strategic option 2: Sustainable fuelwood and (commercial) charcoal production
o Commercial small-holder and community bioenergy woodlots;
o Commercial small-holder and community poles and timber plantations;
o Improved charcoal kilns linked to bioenergy woodlots;
Strategic option 3: Large-scale commercial timber plantations
o Commercial transmission pole and timber plantation;
o Commercial pole and saw log plantation;
o Improved charcoal kilns linked to plantation sites;
Strategic option 4: Restoration of natural forests in the landscape
o Designated areas for natural forest regeneration;
o Restoration of degraded protected natural forest (i.e. national parks and forest
reserves and forests on privately owned land);
o Devolution of forest management through PFM and similar set-ups;
o Traditional and customary forest management practices;
Strategic option 5: Energy efficient cooking stoves
o For fuelwood;
o For charcoal
Strategic option 6: Integrated wildfire management
o Integrated wildfire management
Strategic option 7: Livestock rearing in Cattle Corridor
o Change to exotic cattle varieties and cross-breeding;
o Agroforestry fodder production;
o Establishment of drinking water dams
Strategic option 8: Strengthen Policy implementation for REDD+
o Strengthen Policy implementation for REDD+