Ecuador Strengthens its REDD+ Working Group and Debates Participatory Governance Assessments
With the technical support of the UN-REDD Joint National Programme, Ecuador’s Environmental Ministry held a meeting on October 8, 2013, the third meeting of this REDD+ Working Group.
The objectives of this third meeting were to understand the progress that is being made in designing the REDD+ Safeguard Information Systems and in the negotiations between the Norwegian government and Germany for REDD+ activities in Ecuador.
Members of the working group, such as delegates, officials and alternative focal points from member organizations, institutions and communities that were ratified by the Technical Secretariat participated in the meeting.
One of the subjects addressed by the working group was “Updates on the Participatory Governance Assessment (PGA) Processes of the REDD+ National Programme”, with the objective to present the current focus and advancements of the PGA in Ecuador’s National REDD+ Programme. With this, it is hoped that the PGA will contribute to the creation of policies, steps and activities aimed at reducing emissions from Greenhouse Gases (GHG) associated with deforestation and forest degradation in the country.
It is important to remember that Ecuador is one of the four pilot countries for PGA implementation, the main objective being to analyze the most relevant governance topics for a sufficient implementation mechanism in Ecuador. This is how during the first half of 2012, through the process of constructive participation, a concept note was drafted to develop the PGA, which was presented in a workshop in Quito during August of the same year.