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Africa FPIC and Recourse Workshop

11 January 2011

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. The agenda, working documents and background materials are found here.

Purpose of the Consultation: The UN-REDD Programme is undertaking a series of consultations with Indigenous Peoples and other Forest Dependent Communities in its the three regions, Africa, Asia and the Pacific, and Latin America (LAC) and the Caribbean, to develop guidelines on Free, Prior, and Informed Consent (FPIC) and Recourse for the UN-REDD Programme. The initial consultation took place in Hanoi, Vietnam between 16-18 June 2010, and resulted in a set of draft guidelines which were further elaborated during the consultation in the LAC region. These will be further developed after receiving input from this regional consultation for Africa. After the recommendations from all the three workshop are analyzed and merged, the draft guidelines will be released for a public comment and input process and will then be added as an annex to the UN-REDD Programme Operational Guidance on the Engagement of Indigenous Peoplesand other Forest Dependent Communities.

Participants: The consultation will gather 50-60 participants from indigenous and tribal peoples organizations, civil society, the UN-REDD Programme and UN agencies, FCPF, and a variety of partner organizations from Africa, in particular representing UN-REDD pilot and observer countries: Cameroon,
Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Gabon, Kenya, Nigeria, Republic of Congo, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia.

Desired Outcome: Building on the guidelines drafted in the Asia and the Pacific and Latin America and the Caribbean workshops, to refine a set of definitions, recommendations, and guidelines for FPIC processes and recourse mechanisms to be applied to UN-REDD Programme activities to inform a final draft of guidelines to be adopted by the UN-REDD Programme.