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UN-REDD Launches Guidelines on Free, Prior and Informed Consent and Consults on Community-Based REDD+ at UNPFII

The UN-REDD Programme has always contributed actively to the annual meetings of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) given its prominence as one of the most important global gatherings of indigenous leaders and representatives. This year, during a side event at UNPFII’s Twelfth Session held on 22 May 2013 in New York, the UN-REDD Programme officially launched its  Guidelines on Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) and associated Legal Companion. The Guidelines are the result of more than two years of consultation, analysis, pilot-testing, consensus building and refinement around core issues related to FPIC.  Vanessa Jimenez, Senior Attorney, Forest Peoples Programme, a key contributor to the Guidelines, provided a detailed overview of the legal framework underpinning them and noted the need to clarify and further current thinking on FPIC, with the Guidelines representing a “living document” that would be piloted, tested and refined. Vicky Tauli-Corpuz, Executive Director of Tebtebba (the Indigenous Peoples’ International Centre for Policy Research and Education), was another key speaker at this event. She noted historic challenges in ensuring FPIC is properly observed and the central role of indigenous peoples as active participants in ensuring implementation.

Participants at the launch of the Guidelines on Free, Prior and Informed Consent at UNPFII

The UN-REDD Programme encouraged indigenous peoples’ representatives to apply, use and interpret these Guidelines for their own purposes and to help the Programme test and improve their utility on an ongoing basis.

The side event was also an opportunity for indigenous peoples to give their feedback on a proposed initiative that the UN-REDD Programme and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Small Grants Programme are jointly developing: an US$8 million dollar grant-making initiative to direct funds to community-level activities that contribute to national REDD+ strategies. Support to Community-based REDD+ (CBR+) will catalyze REDD+ readiness from the ground up, bringing resources and capacity to communities and empowering them to engage in REDD+.

This portion of the event featured Kanyinke Sena (Chair of the UNPFII) as a key speaker, alongside Delfin Ganapin (Global Manager of the GEF Small Grants Programme) and Charles McNeill (Senior Policy Advisor, UNDP). Mr. Sena, who also serves as full member and representative of indigenous peoples on the UN-REDD Programme Policy Board, emphasized the importance of CBR+ to indigenous peoples and underscored the role indigenous and civil society representatives to the Policy Board have played in pushing the idea of CBR+ forward. The consultation highlighted a number of important issues, including the need to ensure that supported projects are truly community driven and that specific efforts should be made to support indigenous peoples’ participation in the initiative. Input from the consultation was incorporated into the development process of CBR+, which was successfully approved for funding at the Tenth UN-REDD Programme Policy Board meeting in Lombok, Indonesia in June 2013.





In this issue


UN-REDD Programme Approves US$4 million for Colombia’s National Programme

The Royal Government of Bhutan Promotes REDD+ Awareness Programme

Learning Exchange on Free, Prior and Informed Consent in Indonesia

Actividades en Ecuador

Civil Society and Indigenous Peoples in the Democratic Republic of the Congo Evaluate their Participation in REDD+

Global Symposium on REDD+ in a Green Economy

Workshop Held in the Democratic Republic of the Congo on Spatial Planning Tools for Achieving Multiple Benefits from REDD+

Gender Sensitive REDD+: How To Do It?

GlobAllomeTree, a New Web Platform to Improve Assessment of Forest Biomass and Carbon Stocks

UN-REDD Launches Guidelines on Free, Prior and Informed Consent and Consults on Community-Based REDD+ at UNPFII

The R-PP Validation Workshop in Colombia Exceeds Expectations

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Reports & Analysis

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