UN-REDD at the UNPFII
At the 9th session of UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) at the end of April, the UN-REDD Programme hosted a side event, exploring significant examples of stakeholder engagement in the REDD+ readiness process.
|Pacifique Mukumba (middle), Executive Director of CAMV in the DRC, discussed stakeholder engagement in his country at the UN-REDD Programe side event at UNPFII.|
The side event, which took place on 23 April at UN headquarters in New York, focused on sharing experiences from the country level. Senior Policy Advisor for UN-REDD (UNDP) Charles McNeill moderated the discussion, and panelists included Pacifique Mukumba, Executive Director of CAMV, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Mr. Hipolito Acevei, President of the Coordinating Body of Self-Determining Indigenous Peoples (CAPI) in Paraguay, Elspeth Halverson of the UN-REDD Programme and Vicky Tauli-Corpuz, Executive Director of Tebtebba Foundation.
Mr. Mukumba shared the process of engaging civil society in national REDD+ readiness in the DRC, where the role of civil society has been formalized with a ministerial decree outlining the creation and composition of structures to implement the REDD+ process nationally. As a result of the decree, civil society and Indigenous Peoples feel sufficiently represented, recognized, and empowered to communicate information to stakeholders on national REDD processes and contribute actively to the development and design of local, provincial, and national REDD initiatives.
Mr. Acevei gave an overview of CAPI’s engagement with the government on REDD+. When the new government took office in 2008, CAPI was given the opportunity to participate in the articulation of the national REDD+ readiness process. In order to provide input, CAPI organized a series of workshops for Indigenous and forest dependent stakeholders focusing on analyzing and elaborating Paraguay’s approach to conservation – a service that indigenous peoples have been providing for thousands of years. CAPI is now a member of the National REDD Technical team and has provided substantive comments to the current draft of the National Programme.
|Presenters at the UN-REDD Programme side event at UNPFII (From left to right) Vicky Tauli-Corpuz, Hipolito Acevei, Charles McNeill (moderator), Pacifique Mukumba and Elspeth Halverson.|
Mrs. Halverson gave an overview of the way the UN-REDD Programme supports stakeholder engagement as reflected in the Programme’s Operational Guidance on the Engagement of Indigenous Peoples and Other Forest Dependent Communities and in the governance of the UN-REDD Programme. She referred to the series of national and international consultations that have taken place over the last year, and highlighted ongoing work to develop a model to ensure free, prior, informed consent (FPIC).
Mrs. Tauli-Corpuz gave an overview of the progress of stakeholder engagement in REDD+. The current state of engagement is a big success since Indigenous Peoples are now able to participate in the process globally and link it to the local level. Since forest dependent communities know what it means to be environmental stewards, it is important to bring them to international processes and to help connect them with national governments. Mrs. Tauli-Corpuz gave examples of traditional forest management in Indonesia, Kenya, Nicaragua, and the Philippines. She stated that “Indigenous Peoples can speak with authority because they are the ones that have been doing conservation in their day-to-day lives” and concluded that local examples show the importance of strengthening traditional authorities and knowledge.