Peru Concludes Targeted Support Initiative Regarding Indigenous Peoples' Engagement and Effective Governance Mechanisms in REDD+
The UN-REDD Programme and UNDP’s 18 month Targeted Support project, "Strengthening indigenous peoples’ capacities for their informed participation in the design and implementation of a REDD+ mechanism in Peru" came to a close in December 2013.
UNDP began the project in 2012 at the request of Peru’s Ministry of Environment and the two national indigenous peoples’ organizations, AIDESEP (Interethnic Association for the Development of the Peruvian Rainforest) and CONAP (Confederation of the Amazonian Nationalities of Peru). The objective of the project was to strengthen the informed participation of indigenous peoples and other civil society groups and institutions in the preparatory phase of REDD+, supporting the design of participatory mechanisms and instruments that guarantee the fair engagement of these actors during REDD+ readiness in the country.
This project achieved important results throughout the six Amazonian regions in Peru, where more than 400 female and male indigenous leaders and 80 different organizations participated in knowledge exchanges and capacity building at the local, national and international level. Watch a short video in English or Spanish to learn more about the project’s results directly from the participants.
During the implementation of this project, Peru actively participated in and organized regional South-South exchanges on specific REDD+ related topics such as anti-corruption, social and environmental safeguards, and indigenous peoples’ rights, bringing together countries from the region to learn from each other’s experiences and exchange knowledge on the topics. The Government of Peru and indigenous peoples’ organizations came together to plan and execute knowledge exchanges and co-lead the project’s steering committee together, resulting in a successful example of government and indigenous peoples’ joint collaboration.
This Targeted Support project also coordinated with a partner organization, GIZ, in the area of social and environmental safeguards and was able to provide continuity in capacity building efforts of both GIZ and the Government of Peru’s National Program on Forest Conservation on the subject. This collaboration allowed for the same actors that participated in UNDP’s capacity building workshops to continue this process of knowledge exchanging in GIZ’s workshops, enabling significant knowledge building amongst groups of key participants, over an extended period of time.
This successful collaboration between indigenous peoples and the government throughout the project has generated best practices for the countries in relation to REDD+, both in the country and internationally to learn from the experience. These results “will positively influence other REDD+ and non-REDD+ processes in Peru,” as stated by Lucas Dourojeanni Álvarez from Peru’s Ministry of Environment.
To learn more about the project, contact UNDP UN-REDD’s Regional Technical Advisor, Pierre-Yves Guedez.