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Engagement of Indigenous Peoples and Civil Society

To be successful, any REDD mechanism must respect the rights of Indigenous Peoples and other forest-dependent communities. Towards this objective, the UN-REDD Programme is undertaking global and national consultations. In partnership with the United Nations University, Tebtebba and the Secretariat to the Convention on Biological Diversity, UNDP hosted the Global Indigenous Peoples Consultation on REDD in Baguio City, Philippines, in November 2008. The overarching principles and recommendations developed during this consultation – which included the call for engagement, information and reliance on free, prior and informed consent – provided the basis for an Operational Guidance for the Engagement of Indigenous Peoples and Other Forest-Dependent Communities. This Guidance is being distributed to UN-REDD Programme staff, UN Country Team staff, and national government and civil society counterparts involved in any UN-REDD Programme activities that may impact upon the rights and livelihoods of Indigenous Peoples or other forest dependent communities.

UNDP is responsible for facilitating the self-selection of the Indigenous Peoples representatives to the Policy Board - a process initiated during the Indigenous Peoples’ Global Summit on Climate Change in Anchorage, Alaska - as well as civil society representatives self-selection. It also facilitates the input from the independent Civil Society Advisory Group to the UN-REDD Programme through the Policy Board.

Stakeholder Engagement Updates

June 2011

Indigenous Peoples’ Rights in REDD+ Highlighted at the UNPFII

At the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNFPII), the UN-REDD Programme presented its forthcoming FPIC and Recourse Guidelines, and joint guidelines for stakeholder engagement recently developed with the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility and Forest Investment Program. Read more...

June 2011

Joint FCPF/UN-REDD Programme Stakeholder Engagement Guidelines now open for public comment

The joint FCPF and UN-REDD "Guidelines on Stakeholder Engagement in REDD+ Readiness with a Focus on the Participation of Indigenous Peoples and Other Forest-Dependent Communities" are now open for public comment. You can access the Guidelines in English, French and Spanish. All comments should be sent to Haddy Sey, FCPF: hsey@worldbank.org and Gaya Sriskanthan, UN-REDD Programme: gayathri.sriskanthan@undpaffiliates.org before 1 July. Read more...

January 2011

Africa FPIC and Recourse Workshop

The regional consultation between Indigenous Peoples and Forest-Dependent Communities from Africa and the UN-REDD Programme on Free, Prior and Informed Consent Processes and Recourse Mechanisms will take place in Arusha, Tanzania on 24 – 27 January 2011. Read full article...

January 2011

UN-REDD Programme and FCPF release draft harmonized Guidelines on Stakeholder Engagement

In order to best serve developing countries preparing to undertake REDD+, the UN-REDD Programme and the World Bank-hosted Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) have collaborated to develop harmonized Guidelines on Stakeholder Engagement in REDD+ Readiness With a Focus on the Participation of Indigenous Peoples and Other Forest-Dependent Communities. Read more here.