Strategic Environmental and Social Assessment (SESA) Roadmap developed to support REDD+ Strategy formulation process in Kenya
By Michael Muratha
For all REDD+ activities it will be important to ensure that potential negative environmental and social impacts are minimized, while striving to enhance benefits for local communities and the environment. To this end a strategic environmental and social assessment roadmap has been developed to support assessment of the impacts of strategies and implementation mechanism and for ensuring that potential negative impacts are mitigated and positive aspects are strengthened. SESA will help provide a comprehensive framework on how to address potential adverse social and environmental.
During the REDD+ strategy formulation process, the SESA process will describe the risks and potential impacts associated with REDD+ projects and activities and will include adequate safeguard measures. Additionally it sets out principles, guidelines and procedures to assess environmental and social risks and proposes measures to reduce, mitigate potential adverse environmental and social impacts.
More importantly SESA allows for incorporation of environmental and social considerations into the REDD+ Readiness process at two levels namely; at strategic level where by assessment of legal, policy, regulatory, institutional and capacity context will be addressed. The second level will be an Environment and Social Management Framework (ESMF) for environmental and social risks of projects proposed by the REDD+ strategy to reduce deforestation and forest degradation.
Kenya Forest Service Director Emilio Mugo receives the two Kenya REDD+ Documents i.e Consultation and Participation Plan and the Strategic Environmental and Social Assessment to support REDD± strategy for Kenya Road Map from Kenya Forest Working Group National Coordinator, Jackson Bambo,looking on is National REDD+ Focal Point Alfred Gichu(right),George Tarus KFS Climate Change Officer(left) and Akshay Vishwanath Programme