25 November, 2017

Vanuatu Foresters Association (VFA) Approved Proposal

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Forest Carbon Partnership Facility-Capacity Building on REDD+ for Forest-Dependent Indigenous Peoples in East Asia and the Pacific (EAP) and South Asia Region (SAR) Project (FCPF-CBP)

 
Sub-Project Title: Building the capacity of the Vanuatu indigenous forests dependent population to be aware of REDD+ and how they could adjust their socio-economic activities in order to enhance the carbon stocks and simultaneously adapt to impacts of climate change.
 
Vanuatu is a Y-shaped archipelago which lies in the western Pacific Ocean in the middle of a triangle formed by the Solomon Islands, New Caledonia and Fiji. The archipelago stretches approximately 1,400 km from north to south between the latitudes of 13 and 21° S and longitudes of 166 and 172° E and comprises more than 80 islands, 67 of which are inhabited, and 12 of which are considered major in terms of land area. The islands are of volcanic origin along with coral atolls.
 
Vanuatu’s total land area is about 12,190 km of which 36% has forest cover (>10m tree height), 43% is lower woody and mangrove vegetation and 21% in other land uses. The Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) covers an estimated area of 680,000 km2 and the country shares maritime borders with New Caledonia, the Solomon Islands, and Fiji.
 
The Vanuatu constitution states that all land and resources on the land belongs to the indigenous custom owners and their descendants and custom rules are the basis for the ownership and use of land and resources on that land. The landowners have the sole ownership of their land and are in the first place responsible for management decisions. Land cannot be alienated, but can be leased from the landholders for fixed periods and for agreed purposes. In the field natural features such as creeks and ridges normally mark traditional land boundaries of the various clan lots. Indigenous people are inseparable from their land as it provides them their basic needs such as water, food, shelter, fuel
wood, building materials as well as commercial benefits derived from sale of forest products. Most parts of Vanuatu land is inherited through patrilineal system but there are few areas that used matrilineal.
 
Vanuatu is one of the 57 so called small island developing states (SIDS) recognizes by the United Nations that the tropical islands are at risk of being severely affected by the current and anticipated impacts of climate variability and change, including both extreme events and gradual environmental changes. Already Vanuatu is struggling with the environmental problems such as land degradation, biodiversity losses, and coastal and marine pollution caused, inter alia, by population growth and urbanization as in addition to the common development challenges such as smallness, remoteness, and proneness to natural disasters.
 
 

Forest Carbon Partnership Facility Capacity Building on REDD+ for Forest-Dependent Indigenous Peoples

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IN EAST ASIA AND THE PACIFIC AND SOUTH ASIA REGIONS PROJECT

(P153585, FCPF Grant No. TF0A3570)

 

FIRST PROGRESS REPORT

June 30, 2017

BACKGROUND

This Capacity Building Project (CBP) is being funded under Phase two of the Readiness Fund of the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) being managed by the World Bank (WB).  The CBP has two components, one for forest-dependent indigenous peoples and another for Southern Civil Society Organizations and Local Communities.  Its objective is to provide forest-dependent indigenous peoples, and Southern CSOs and local communities with information, knowledge, and awareness on REDD+ to enhance their understanding on REDD+, and to enable them to engage more meaningfully in the implementation of REDD+ readiness activities.  The aim is to support activities that empower and enable these stakeholder groups, to enhance and influence REDD+ development outcomes, and also to strengthen mechanisms for inclusion, accountability, and participation. It is being implemented through the WB’s “Procedures for Small Recipient-Executed Trust Fund Grants”. 

Tebtebba Foundation (Indigenous Peoples’ International Centre for Policy Research and Education) was chosen as the Recipient for the East Asia-Pacific and South Asia region. The project beneficiaries are forest-dependent IPs and their representative ‎organizations and institutions in the ten FCPF eligible countries in Asia and the Pacific‎, ‎namely Bhutan, Cambodia, Fiji, ‎Indonesia, ‎Nepal, Pakistan, ‎Papua ‎New ‎Guinea, Thailand, ‎Vanuatu and Vietnam which are eligible to participate ‎in regional learning and exchange activities (Component 2). Of these ‎ten countries, six (6) countries are eligible to ‎participate in national-level activities (Component 1), namely Bhutan, Fiji, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu and Vietnam. This is the first progress report prepared for the project, covering the period of project effectiveness (October 31, 2016) to June 30, 2017.

 

PROJECT OBJECTIVES

The project development objective (PDO) is to strengthen: (i) the knowledge of targeted forest-dependent indigenous peoples on REDD+ Readiness at the national level and (ii) knowledge exchange at the regional level. 

 

COUNTRIES OF IMPLEMENTATION

This project with a total budget of US$490,750 is being implemented in FCPF countries in East Asia, the Pacific and South Asia Regions, which are Bhutan, Cambodia, Fiji, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Thailand, Vanuatu and Vietnam. Of these countries, only six (6) are eligible for funding support under Component 1 (national level capacity building), namely: Bhutan, Fiji, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu and Vietnam following eligibility criteria as detailed in the Operational Manual (OM).

 

Download full report here.

 

Project Complaints Processing and Resolution

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Indigenous peoples and other interested stakeholders may raise some feedback or complaints on the sub-grant/consultancies’ award decisions, governance of the project and other issues specific to the project.

Feedbacks or complaints must be sent to the PMT in writing, duly signed by the complainant/s, including contact details through email ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ), fax (+63 74 4439459) or courier (please address email to Ms. Helen Valdez, Tebtebba PMTL, No. 1 Roman Ayson Rd., Baguio City 2600, Philippines).

The PMT will be fully responsible for recording, referring and tracking the complaint. It should acknowledge receipt of complaint within 5 working days upon receipt.

The PMT undertakes an initial discussion with the complainant and propose a response within 15 working days upon receipt of the complaint. If the complainant agrees, the proposed action is implemented.

In case the complainant does not agree on the proposed action of the PMT, the PMT will compose a Grievance Committee composed of two (2) representatives of the Management Committee of Tebtebba and two (2) members of the RSC.

When applicable, one of the members of the RSC to sit in the Grievance Committee shall be from the same country where the feedback/complaint originated.

Resolutions or outcomes of complaints received shall be properly documented.

 

World Bank conducts supervision mission for FCPF Capacity Building Project

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Baguio City, Philippines - The World Bank conducted a project implementation supervision mission on the project entitled “Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) Capacity Building Project (CBP) on REDD+ for Forest-Dependent Indigenous Peoples in East Asia and the Pacific (EAP) and South Asia Region (SAR)” in Baguio City, Philippines on July 10-12, 2017.

The objectives of the mission were: (i) to evaluate progress made towards the achievement of the project development objectives, in particular the advancement of the national-level ‎REDD+ capacity building program, and provide support as needed; (ii) to evaluate the performance of Tebtebba as the implementing agency, including ‎compliance with procurement and financial procedures, maintenance and use of the project’s Grievance Redress Mechanism, and the effectiveness of the ‎monitoring and evaluation system, and provide support as needed; and (iii) discuss options for scaling up the impact of the project using additional financing recently made ‎available by the FCPF Participants Committee.

The mission focused on work sessions with members of the Management Committee and the project management team (PMT) in Tebtebba, which is the recipient and implementing organization of the project.   According to the PMT, out of the six (6) targeted sub-projects to implement national capacity building activities in FCPF eligible countries in the region, four (4) has been approved.  The four approved project proposals come from Fiji, Vietnam and two from Bhutan (For more details, please see: http://tebtebba.org/index.php/content/2017-01-07-04-16-14).

The other country proposals such as that from Papua New Guinea is still being revised by the proponent in accordance with Tebtebba’s comments while, the proponent organization in Vanuatu was found out to be ineligible during the due diligence and a replacement was identified with the assistance of the World Bank during the mission. Meanwhile, Pakistan was removed from benefiting in national capacity building activities per advise of the World Bank.

The PMT added that the research on “Customary tenure systems and REDD+: Ensuring benefits for Indigenous Peoples” commenced in the last week of June 2017 to be reported by December this year and published by March 2018.  The study will try to understand the interplay between customary tenure systems and REDD+ in order to ensure benefits of indigenous peoples from REDD+.  

While the mission found out that Tebtebba is complying with the agreed procedures on procurement and financial covenants, there are minor lapses on documentation and low grant utilization that need strengthening and close monitoring. World Bank has also encouraged Tebtebba to monitor the project activities closely and to fast track implementation.

The mission was led by Haddy Jatou Sey (Task Team Leader and Senior Social Development Specialist) and composed of Rene SD Manuel (Senior Procurement Specialist), Maria Liennefer Rey Penaroyo (Financial Management Specialist) and Ayala Peled Ben Ari (Operations Specialist, Consultant).  The mission was hosted by the Project Management Team and members of the Management Committee of Tebtebba.

 

FCPF Capacity Building Report (Phase One)

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For almost a decade now, the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) has been supporting efforts to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+), in the global fight against climate change. A key component of this work has been to ensure the full and effective participation of indigenous peoples (IPs) and civil society organizations (CSOs) in REDD+ activities. One of the most successful FCPF initiatives on this front has been its Capacity Building Program for Forest-Dependent Indigenous Peoples and Southern Civil Society Organizations.Since 2009, the Capacity Building Program (CBP) has helped dozens of projects engage with local communities across Africa, Asia Pacific and Latin America and the Caribbean. The aim has been to provide forest-dependent IPs, other forest dwellers (OFDs) and southern civil society organizations with information, knowledge and awareness to enhance their understanding of REDD+, and by extension their ability to engage more meaningfully in the implementation of REDD+ readiness activities. With $1.9 million in funding for 27 projects, Phase 1 of the CBP wrapped up in June 2016. The second phase began in July 2016 and will end June 30, 2018. This report presents the results of activities implemented under the first phase of the CBP, which supported seven projects in Africa, six in Asia Pacific and 14 in Latin America and the Caribbean. Based on reports from participating organizations of the CBP, this report highlights key examples that illustrate how the Program’s objectives were met.
 
Innovative CBP projects helped to enhance the understanding of climate change and REDD+ among forest-dependent IPs, OFDs, and southern CSOs, and improve their participation in the preparation of REDD+ strategies, and in the implementation of REDD+ programs. CBP projects also sought to enhance the participation of IPs and local communities in international discussions on the role of REDD+ in climate change mitigation. This work brought about a greater awareness and understanding of the views of forest-dependent IPs, OFDs and southern CSOs related to REDD+ and the FCPF.
 
 

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