14 December, 2019

Regional Dialogue for Forest Dependent Indigenous Peoples, Other Forest Dwellers and Southern CSOs in Asia-Pacific: REGIONAL REPORT

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I.Introduction

The Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) is a global partnership that has been assisting 48 tropical countries in the Africa, Asia-Pacific and Latin America and Caribbean (LCR) regions in their efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and forest degradation; support forest carbon stock conservation; sustainably manage forests; and enhance forest carbon stocks (commonly termed REDD+). The Facility consists of representatives of REDD countries, financial contributors, private sector, southern civil society organizations (CSOs), and forest-dependent Indigenous Peoples (IPs). During recent years, the FCPF through a Capacity Building Program (CBP) has been channeling funds to provide forest-dependent IPs, other forest dwellers and southern CSOs with information, knowledge and awareness on REDD+ in order to enhance their understanding of key principles and processes, and by extension their capability to engage more meaningfully in the implementation of REDD+-related activities and programs.

The CBP has had two phases of funding starting in 2009. In Phase 2, which is coming to its set closing date in December 2019 in the Asia-Pacific and Africa regions, and in June 2020 in the LCR region, IPs organizations (IPOs) and CSOs from the three regions have been empowered as Intermediary Organizations to distribute financial and technical support to southern CSOs and IPOs selected by them from FCPF countries in their respective regions. The Intermediary Organizations in the Asia-Pacific Region are Tebtebba (Indigenous Peoples’ International Centre for Policy Research and Education, focusing on forest-dependent IPs) and the Asia Network for Sustainable Agriculture and Bioresources (ANSAB, focusing on southern CSOs).

Several capacity building initiatives have been funded under CBP Phase 2, ranging from awareness raising on REDD+, climate change, preparation of national Emission Reduction Programs (ERPs) and how to ensure broad participation in Readiness, customary land tenure assessments, training on community-based carbon accounting and monitoring, gender analysis to better inform ERP Document (ERPD) design and development, and piloting of benefit-sharing models. Consequently, targeted forest-dependent IPs and southern CSOs have been demonstrating increased understanding of the subjects, and their visibility and participation in various country level dialogues have increased.

 

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