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UN-REDD Programme and FCPF release draft harmonized Guidelines on Stakeholder Engagement

In order to best serve developing countries preparing to undertake REDD+, the UN-REDD Programme and the World Bank-hosted Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) have collaborated to develop harmonized Guidelines on Stakeholder Engagement in REDD+ Readiness With a Focus on the Participation of Indigenous Peoples and Other Forest-Dependent Communities.

This document incorporates all substantive guidance from the UN-REDD Programme’s Operational Guidance: Engagement of IPs and Other Forest Dependent Communities as well as including guidance from the FCPF’s Guidance Note on National Consultation and Participation for REDD. The harmonized Guidelines also incorporates guidance on consultation presented in the FCPF’s Strategic Environmental and Social Assessment (SESA) as mainstreamed in the Readiness Preparation Proposal (R-PP) template. The intent of this work is to harmonize procedures and guidance material as much as possible between the UN-REDD Programme and FCPF in order to make operationalizing REDD+ actions in countries where both programmes are active a more efficient and unified process. This version of the harmonized Guidelines is a working draft. The draft will be put through an external review process to allow indigenous peoples and civil society stakeholders to review and comment before it is finalized in early 2011.