Upcoming South-South Exchange Study Tour on Stakeholder Engagement and Communications in REDD+: Lessons from Cambodia
The UN-REDD Programme is organizing a three-day study tour for Partner Countries in the Asia-Pacific to learn from Cambodia’s experiences in supporting stakeholder participation and communications into their national REDD+ processes.
Ensuring the full and effective participation of all relevant stakeholders in REDD+ is crucial for the success of REDD+ but can pose a challenge for partner countries that may not have extensive experience in supporting the direct participation of civil society in decision-making. Cambodia has been at the forefront of efforts to tackle this challenge and has created a Consultation Group (CG), composed of representatives of different non-governmental stakeholder groups, to ensure that the views and concerns of all stakeholders can be formally considered by the National REDD+ Taskforce.
Cambodia has undertaken a careful and iterative process to improve the self-selection of indigenous peoples (IP) and civil society organization (CSO) representatives. There has also been an emphasis on understanding communication needs to ensure the effective flow of information to stakeholder representatives, including those at the local level.
The UN-REDD Programme is organizing a three-day study tour to Cambodia to promote learning from Cambodia’s progress in stakeholder engagement and communications. Participants will include Government, IP, CSO and UN-REDD staff representatives from four countries in the region (Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, Sri Lanka, Viet Nam) as well as the Asia-Pacific IP and CSO Representatives to the UN-REDD Programme Policy Board from Nepal and Pakistan respectively. This exchange will allow participants to gain insights into how systems, procedures and appropriate bodies can be set up to more effectively support stakeholders to meaningfully participate in discussion and decision making around REDD+.
The study tour, which will take place between 30 October and 1 November 2013, will include a review of the structure of the CG, meetings with key stakeholder representatives to the CG, a review of effective communication methodologies and tools that have been employed to reach out to stakeholders, and a site visit to meet with forest dependent communities and CSO stakeholders at the local level to discuss the reality of challenges to full and effective participation on the ground.