IUCN & GCP launch gender & REDD+ feature on the REDD Desk

IUCN and the Global Canopy Programme launch gender and REDD+ feature on the REDD Desk knowledge sharing platform

The Global Gender Office (GGO) of IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature), and the Global Canopy Programme (GCP), are pleased to announce a partnership to integrate gender into the REDD Desk platform—the largest online collaborative resource for REDD+ information, news and analysis. For the first time ever, there is now a comprehensive information source with tools and analysis on mainstreaming gender into REDD+ programming and policy.

Integrating gender considerations into REDD+ planning and implementation is a key issue for numerous countries. As a part of USAID’s Gender Equality for Climate Change Opportunities (GECCO) initiative*, GGO has endeavored to create a space that supports institutions and REDD+ countries with continued gender and REDD+ resources, in order to expand the impact of effective methodologies, lessons learned, and best practices, as well as to identify key process opportunities for advocacy and technical support. As a unique user-friendly knowledge platform, the REDD Desk, works to meet the needs of diverse stakeholders by centralizing and clarifying complex information related to REDD+. The new information on gender which has been added to the platform further enriches the REDD Desk’s broad array of tools, such as its REDD+ Encyclopedia, its detailed overviews of national progress towards REDD+ readiness in 28 countries, its library of resources, and its cutting edge analysis on REDD+ Markets and Standards.

“In order for REDD+ to become a successful mechanism to combat climate change, and in order to provide real environmental benefits while protecting and promoting the rights of communities in tandem, gender-responsive standards and safeguards must be mainstreamed into the very core of REDD+ policies and programs,” Lorena Aguilar, Senior Global Gender Adviser, IUCN, says. “By integrating gender themes through the REDD Desk platform, we are leveraging advancements in women’s empowerment and gender equality to provide an array of support options for national, regional, and global REDD+ activities that can advance women’s empowerment and gender equality.”

The gender information added to the REDD Desk site can be found here and includes:

  • A gender equality Encyclopedia page
  • Up-to-date information on gender equality added to each country overview
  • Numerous resources on gender equality, which include knowledge products and IUCN’s REDD+ Gender Roadmaps

“GCP’s REDD Desk has over 13,000 unique visitors a month and is widely accessed by REDD+ practitioners worldwide,” says Louisa Denier, Senior Manager for GCP’s policy projects. “It’s a great platform through which important gender information such as this can effectively be disseminated.”

With the aim to inform stakeholders, including governments, civil society, the private sector, and academia, about the state of play on REDD+ and to encourage South-South learning and exchange of information on various REDD+ relevant issues, efforts to integrate gender into the REDD Desk platform will continue in the coming months. Ultimately, this will raise awareness of gender and REDD+ issues and best practices, and will provide users with easy access to the most innovative information and knowledge products related to gender-responsive REDD+ responses and outcomes.

This initiative is part of two main IUCN’s projects, including the REDD+ Benefit Sharing project implemented in Ghana, Mexico, and Peru, with the support of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) on the basis of a decision adopted by the German Bundestag; and the Toward Pro-Poor REDD+ Phase II project implemented in Cameroon, Ghana, Guatemala, Indonesia, and Uganda, with the support of the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA).

*The former Gender Equality for Climate Change Opportunities (GECCO) initiative is now part of a broader program, Advancing Gender in the Environment (AGENT), which aims to improve development outcomes by strengthening environmental programing through gender integration and achieving gender equality outcomes.