21 January, 2020

Amplifying Voices, Building Synergies: A Regional Workshop on the Forest Carbon Parnership Facility (FCPF) Capacity Building on Redd+ For Forest-Dependent Indigenous Peoples in East Asia and the Pacific (EAP) and South Asia Regions (SAR) Project

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About FCPF

Among the social and environmental safeguards that were agreed under REDD+ is the right of indigenous peoples (IPs) to participate fully and meaningfully in REDD+ related processes and to ensure that the collective rights of IPs as they relate to their lands and territories are safeguarded during REDD+ design and implementation. To facilitate this, IPs requested the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) for an allocation for capacity building activities specifically for IPs.  This request was discussed in regional and global dialogues between the IPs and FCPF. As a result, the establishment of a capacity building program for IPs was agreed in Doha, Qatar after the UNFCCC COP18 in 2012. This was then approved by the FCPF Participants Committee as the Capacity Building Program (CBP) of the Readiness Fund on REDD+ for forest-dependent IPs, Southern Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and other forest dwellers. The objective of the CBP is to provide beneficiaries with information, knowledge, and awareness on REDD+ to enhance their understanding on REDD+, and to enable them to engage more meaningfully in the design and implementation of REDD+ readiness activities and emission reduction programs.  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.

The FCPF is a global partnership of governments, donors, private sector, civil society, and IPs focused on REDD+.  It is managed by the World Bank with the following objectives: a) assist countries in their REDD+ efforts by providing them with financial and technical assistance in building their capacity to benefit from possible future systems of positive incentives for REDD+; b) pilot a performance-based payment system for REDD+ activities, with a view to ensuring equitable benefit sharing and promoting future large-scale positive incentives for REDD+; c) test ways to sustain or enhance livelihoods of local communities and to conserve biodiversity; and d) disseminate lessons learned.

The CBP has two components, one for IPs and another for Southern CSOs and local communities – each implemented in sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Asia and the Pacific through projects. For IPs in the East Asia-Pacific and South Asia regions, Tebtebba Foundation (Indigenous Peoples’ International Centre for Policy Research and Education), a non-government organization with consultative status to the UN-ECOSOC, was chosen to be the Recipient and implementer of the project. The Facility Management Team (FMT) of the FCPF, housed at the World Bank, acts as the Secretariat of the FCPF, and as such it is responsible for the overall management of the CBP at the global level.  At the project level, the World Bank is represented by the Task Team Leader and her team who directly assist Tebtebba in achieving project objectives on an ongoing basis, and ensuring that grant proceeds are used solely for the purposes for which these were granted in accordance to the grant agreement signed between Tebtebba and the World Bank.

The beneficiaries of the project are forest-dependent IPs and their representative ‎organizations and institutions in the ten FCPF eligible countries in Asia and the Pacific‎ ‎namely: Kingdom of Bhutan, Kingdom of Cambodia, Republic of Fiji, Republic of ‎Indonesia, ‎Nepal, Independent State of Papua ‎New ‎Guinea, Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Kingdom of Thailand, Republic of Vanuatu and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. These countries are eligible to participate ‎in regional learning and exchange activities (activities funded under Component 2 of the project). Of these ‎10 countries, indigenous organizations/institutions from six countries were eligible to ‎participate in national-level activities (under Component 1 of the project) and have implemented REDD+ capacity building sub-projects for forest-dependent IPs in their respective countries, financed by the project. These countries are Kingdom of Bhutan, Republic of Fiji, Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Independent State of Papua New Guinea, Republic of Vanuatu, and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.

Prior to the implementation of national level activities (Component 1), a Regional Steering Committee (RSC), composed of IP organizations from the eligible FCPF countries in the region, was set up to act as an external advisory body and to ensure transparency. A regional IP network, in this case the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP), is represented and serves as the convenor. The RSC reviewed all proposals submitted against the selection criteria and made recommendations to Tebtebba for final approval and funding of national level activities. Tebtebba is responsible for the overall implementation, coordination, grievance management, M&E and reporting of project activities.


About the Regional Workshop

Under Component 2 (Sub-component 2.1: Regional Learning and Exchange), a regional workshop was organized to share knowledge products on REDD+, good practices and lessons learned from implemented capacity building sub-projects and other knowledge generated by the project. The “Amplifying Voices, Building Synergies: A regional workshop on the FCPF Capacity Building on REDD+ for Forest-Dependent Indigenous Peoples in EAP and SAR Project” was held at Prince Palace, Bangkok, Thailand on 2 – 4 October 2018 which was organized by Tebtebba. The regional workshop involved indigenous peoples’ organization (IPO) representatives from the Kingdom of Bhutan, Kingdom of Cambodia, Republic of Fiji, Republic of ‎Indonesia, ‎Nepal, Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Kingdom of Thailand, and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. Also among the participants were national government representatives from Kingdom of Bhutan, Kingdom of Cambodia, Republic of Fiji, ‎ Independent State of Papua ‎New ‎Guinea, Islamic Republic of Pakistan, and the Kingdom of Thailand. There were also representatives from donors such as World Bank and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Annex 1 provides the complete list of participants of the regional workshop.

This regional workshop brought together the above participants to facilitate knowledge sharing and to foster south/ south exchange on good lessons learned from implementation of national level activities. The implemented activities have generated notable results which were shared during the regional workshop. Some of the results include: (i) piloting of the  Adaptive Collaborative Management Approach (ACMA) to help inform the future implementation of Vietnam ERP’s benefit sharing mechanism, trained and formed two (2) FPIC/trainors team and provided trainings to cooperative leaders and members on the rights, roles and responsibilities of forest owners, REDD+ and related laws/policies and issues; (ii) in Bhutan, trained community members on integrated watershed management and  community-based forest monitoring, natural resource management and REDD+ readiness in Bhutan, formed a local level REDD+ group, and documented traditional practices on natural resource management (initial); (iii) prepared baseline case studies on perceptions on REDD+, and trained indigenous Fijians on climate change and (iv) conducted a regional Customary Land Tenure analysis to inform the land tenure assessment of Nepal, Fiji and Vietnam, and this regional workshop. Over all, to date, over 4,668 indigenous peoples benefited from capacity building trainings of which 1,918 are women.


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