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Training Workshop on the Social Impact Assessment of REDD+ Projects

Event Overview

Training Workshop on the Social Impact Assessment of REDD+ Projects

August 10, 2011 - August 12, 2011

Nairobi, Kenya
The Kentmere Club

Joint Workshop by the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) and The Katoomba Group (Forest Trends) with support from UNDP

This 3-day workshop provided participants with the tools to undertake social impact assessment (SIA) of REDD+ or other terrestrial carbon projects with appropriate support. It was based on a methodology that has been tested and refined through REDD+ project applications in Brazil, Guatemala and Peru in 2011, as well as SIA training workshops in Peru and Tanzania in 2010.  Participants were REDD+ project proponents or developers who are seeking validation under the Climate, Community & Biodiversity (CCB) Standards or other multiple benefit standards. The workshop results may also be of interest to other agencies working on social aspects of the REDD+ agenda. 


The workshop was primarily based on a new (Version 2) “Social and Biodiversity Impact Assessment (SBIA) Manual for REDD+ Projects," or SBIA Manual for short. The SBIA Manual is a joint endeavour of Forest Trends, the Climate, Community and Biodiversity Alliance (CCBA), Rainforest Alliance and Fauna & Flora International (FFI). It is designed to provide guidance to project developers on how to undertake social and biodiversity impact assessment with a view to meeting the CCB Standards. This training focused on social impact assessment (SIA) only.

The Manual sets out seven steps for good practice SIA. Following research on different approaches to SIA, the ‘theory of change’ approach was identified as a cost-effective methodology for terrestrial carbon projects. The essence of the theory of change approach is that project stakeholders develop a cause and effect theory of how their project will achieve its proposed social goals or objectives over time. The most appropriate theory of change methodology has been found, by a process of field testing, to be the ‘Open Standards for Forest Conservation’.  The  advantages of the ‘Open Standards’ approach are that it tackles the “attribution” problem of impact assessment, provides a strong basis for indicator selection, is highly participatory, and promotes strategic project design.

Participants and Facilitators

The participants are working on terrestrial carbon projects in Kenya, Uganda, Cameroon, Tanzania, and Guinea and have a strong interest in monitoring the social impacts of REDD+. The workshop facilitators were Dr Michael Richards (Forest Trends), Dr Tuyeni Mwampamba (Impact Assessment Consultant) and Sarah Richards (Pedagogy Consultant).

Workshop Methodology

Following overview presentations, the participants were divided into two case study groups.  Each group worked through the SIA stages using a ‘real’ REDD+ project from Kenya/ Uganda.

A detailed agenda and participants list will be posted shortly.  Please contact Tommie Herbert for additional information or questions: therbert[at]forest-trends.org.

Event Materials

Social Impact Assessment (SIA) of REDD+ Projects : Training Workshop Agenda

Social Impact Assessment (SIA) of REDD+ Projects: Training Workshop Participants List


Payments for Ecosystem Services: Getting Started: A Primer

Building Forest Carbon Projects: A Step by Step Overview and Guide

Social Impact Assessment Manual: Part 1


Introduction to Social Impact Assessment for REDD+ Projects: Stages 1 - 7

Michael Richards, Forest Trends

Social Biodiversity Impact Assessment: The Seven Stages
Michael Richards, Forest Trends

SBIA Stage 2: ‘Without Project’ Analysis & Projection

Tuyeni H Mwampamba

SBIA Stage 7: Data collection, analysis, and reporting

Tuyeni H Mwampamba

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