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A Brief History of Engagement

Informal consultations with Indigenous Peoples included the following:

  • Seventh Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (April 2008, New York)
  • Sixteenth UN Commission on Sustainable Development (May 2008, New York)
  • Ninth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (May 2008, Bonn)
  • Forum on REDD Readiness (May 2008, Washington D.C./ June 2008, Bonn/ August 2008, Ghana)
  • IUCN’s World Conservation Congress (October 2008, Barcelona)

In October, the organizing Committee of the Conference on Rights, Forests and Climate initially came together as a civil society advisory body to the UN-REDD Programme (subsequently named the Independent Advisory Group).

In November, the Global Indigenous Peoples Consultation on REDD, organized in collaboration with Tebtebba Foundation and the CBD in Baguio City, Philippines, produced the first draft of the UN-REDD Programme Operational Guidance on the Engagement of Indigenous Peoples and Forest-Dependent Communities.

Stakeholder consultations were built into REDD readiness within the National Programmes for DRC, Panama, Paraguay, Tanzania, Viet Nam and Indonesia.

In addition, the UN-REDD Programme continued to carry out global and regional consultations including:

  • UN-REDD Consultation with Indigenous Peoples at the Fifteenth Conference of the Parties of the UNFCCC (December 2009, Copenhagen)
  • UN-REDD Regional Consultation with Indigenous Peoples Organizations from Asia/Pacific (October 2009, Bangkok)
  • UNFCCC SBSTA Meeting (June 2009, Bonn)
  • Eight Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (May 2009, New York)
  • Global Indigenous Peoples’ Summit on Climate Change (April 2009, Anchorage)

As the Programme continued to organize consultations and side events at venues such as the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and other civil society and indigenous peoples meetings, it focused its work on responding to the demand of the Policy Board to define operational guidelines on Free, Prior, and Informed Consent.

The first UN-REDD Programme Asia Regional Consultation with Indigenous Peoples on FPIC and Recourse Mechanisms took place in June in Hanoi, launching a three-step process to develop guidelines on free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) and recourse for the UN-REDD Programme.

This was followed by two other regional meetings: the Regional Consultation between Indigenous Peoples from Latin America and the Caribbean and the UN-REDD Programme took place in October 2010, Panama City and built upon the draft guidelines recommended by participants at the Hanoi workshop, to refine a set of definitions, recommendations, and guidelines for FPIC processes and Recourse Mechanisms to be applied to the UN-REDD Programme.

The two regional meetings of 2010 helped to inform the final consultation that took place in the Africa region, which was held in Arusha in January 2011. Participants built upon the guidelines drafted in the previous consultations and further refined guidelines for FPIC processes and recourse mechanisms to be applied.

The Programme organized two side events during the Ninth Session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. One event focused on joint efforts among the FCPF, FIP, and the UN-REDD Programme related to stakeholder engagement approaches (see presentations here). Another focused on presenting the draft framework for the FPIC guidelines and recourse mechanisms that emerged from the three regional workshops (see presentations here).

During the year, the Programme also participated in Indigenous Peoples and Civil Society meetings in Ecuador, Brazil, and others.