Reducing Corruption to Save Forests
On 8 December 2013, the UN-REDD Policy Board Information Session on Sharing National Experiences on Strengthening Transparency, Accountability and Integrity for REDD+" held in Geneva, Switzerland, was an opportunity for Kenya's Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources, represented by Mr. Gichu, National REDD+ Coordinator, to launch its "Corruption Risk Assessment for REDD+ in Kenya".
The study, conducted by the Anti-Corruption Resource Centre (U4) with the support of the UN-REDD Programme and with strong engagement of Kenya's Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission, details the historical context of forest governance and integrity; showcases how some corruption practices have contributed to deforestation and forest degradation; and assesses new corruption risks brought about by the financial flows expected under REDD+.
Most importantly, the report provides recommendations that will support a policy dialogue in Kenya and inform the country’s national REDD+ strategy ; contribute to the development of safeguards for REDD+; and help the Ministry anticipate the kind of grievances that can emanate from REDD+.
For more information about the UN-REDD Programme’s support to transparency and accountability for REDD+, please visit http://www.un-redd.org/Transparent_Management_REDD_Funds/tabid/54009/Default.aspx