Meetings in Costa Rica’s Indigenous Territories Analyze Safeguards
The Information System Project for the approach and application of the REDD+ Safeguards of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and the REDD Secretariat in Costa Rica, organized two workshops with representatives from indigenous territories to jointly analyze expectations on the issue of safeguards.
The objective of the workshops was to gather information for the Strategic Environmental and Social Assessments (SESA) process and the development of policies or programs that are the responsibility of the REDD+ Secretariat. Participants also provided input on a methodological approach to the design of the Information System on Safeguards of the UNFCCC.
These workshops took into consideration a proposal that a major part of the indigenous territories have presented to the REDD+ Secretariat, responsible for the design of the Strategy.
The workshops facilitated the identification of elements to be further taken into account in work sessions from September through November. The ideas expressed and the results from these meetings have allowed both the personnel of the Project and the REDD+ Secretariat to adjust the methodological approach of the stages of the Project, and to consequently specify the work process for future activities.
The first session took place from 1 to 2 August 2013 in Shilamate region, Talamanca county, with the participation of 30 representatives, including 12 women, from the Bribri and Cabecar Indigenous Network (RICBA) from the indigenous territories of Cabecar Talamanca, Bribri Talamanca, Cabecar of Telire, Cabecar of Upper Chirripó, Cabecar de Lower Chirripó, Bribri of Kekoldí, and Cabecar of Nairi Awari. The second workshop took place on 26 August in Heredia County with the participation of 25 representatives, including 5 women, from the indigenous regions in the central, southern and northern Costa Rica, namly Quitirrisí, Zapatón, China Kichá, Ujarrás, and Malecu.
The development of the safeguards information system is financed through Targeted Support from the UN-REDD Programme, and the development of a REDD+ Strategy is financed by the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) of the World Bank.