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The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) and complaint resolution: Guidance on submitting a complaint for civil society organisations and local communities

Sophie Chao, Forest Peoples Programme
25 February, 2013

The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) is a not-for-profit association formed in 2004 in response to the urgent and pressing global call for sustainably produced palm oil. The objective of this association is to promote the growth and use of sustainable oil palm products through credible global standards and the engagement of a wide range of stakeholders. The RSPO brings together stakeholders from seven sectors of the palm oil industry: oil palm producers, palm oil processors or traders, consumer goods manufacturers, retailers, banks and investors, environmental or nature conservation NGOs and social or development NGOs.

This booklet is produced by the Forest Peoples Programme (FPP), who has been closely involved in the RSPO’s standard setting and public review processes, although it is not a member of the RSPO. Over the past decade, FPP and its grassroots, national and international partners in Africa and Southeast Asia have sought to ensure that the RSPO both adopts and upholds standards consistent with international human rights law and respect for the rights of local communities and indigenous peoples.

This document sets out the RSPO’s system for resolving disputes. It provides basic information and guidance to civil society organisations and affected local communities on how the RSPO complaint process works and the various steps involved in submitting a complaint. In separate documents we have sought to summarise our own experiences with the effectiveness of this system. In our view, there remains a wide gap between how the RSPO Complaints System ought to function and what it is actually able to achieve. We have been encouraging the RSPO to upgrade its process and in the meantime offer this guide in the belief that having access to an imperfect system is better than none. This document is based largely on information from the RSPO website, but has been produced independently. Readers are recommended to consult for further details.

Source: Forest Peoples Programme

Governing the Forests: An Institutional Analysis of REDD+ and Community Forest Management in Asia

This report aims to serve as a useful reference for policymakers, professionals and practitioners as they work to promote REDD+ in ways that tackle climate change and biodiversity loss but also respect concerns and listen to the voice of local stakeholders. It presents a background on REDD+, explores ways to link REDD+ to community forestry, and provides lessons learned and recommendations.

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The Context of REDD+ in Nepal: Challenges and Opportunities

Executive summary

This report provides an overview of Nepal’s initiatives on readiness for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+), the political and socio-economic context in which they are taking place, and
their implications for conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of
forest carbon stocks in developing countries. It examines land use change and the drivers and underlying causes of deforestation. It evaluates
the effectiveness, efficiency and equity of current REDD+ efforts in Nepal and analyses the prospects for and challenges to REDD+ implementation going forward.

The report draws on multiple data sources and diverse methodologies. It provides an overview
of government plans and policies, legislation,
and views of experts on development, forestry
and the REDD+ sector in Nepal, as well as ongoing debates in Nepal on issues such as forest governance, benefit-sharing and carbon assessment.

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FIELD's Updated Guide for REDD-plus negotiators


The purpose of this guide is to assist developing country negotiators and others who are working on REDD-plus.

FIELD provides this information on a neutral basis. The guide is available in English, French and Spanish. Electronic versions can be found at

This version has been updated in February 2013. Please note that final versions of documents from the Doha Climate Change Conference were not available at the time of writing, so the guide includes advance or draft versions in part III.

Read more: FIELD's Updated Guide for REDD-plus negotiators

Putting REDD+ Safeguards and Safeguard Information Systems Into Practice

Authors: Leo Peskett, Kimberly Todd

Key Messages

  • Countries undertaking REDD+ activities need to develop country-level approaches that enable them to respond to requirements outlined in recent United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) agreements, which aim to ensure social and environmental risks are minimized and benefits enhanced. REDD+ countries also need to carefully consider further objectives that the country approach may need to achieve, such as responding to the requirements of organizations providing support for REDD+ activities.
  • In order to develop a country-level safeguard approach that is responsive to the Cancun Agreements, it is useful to define the generic elements of such an approach. This could help to coordinate and harmonize activities.

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