UN-REDD FPIC Consultations in Africa
The UN-REDD Programme will meet with Indigenous Peoples and forest-dependent communities from Africa next week to receive inputs and guidance in an on-going process to develop guidelines and recourse mechanisms for Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) for REDD+.
The UN-REDD Programme is undertaking a series of consultations with Indigenous Peoples and other Forest Dependent Communities in three regions (Africa, Asia-Pacific and Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC)) to develop FPIC recourse guidelines for the UN-REDD Programme. The regional FPIC consultation for Africa will take place in Arusha, Tanzania on 24-27 January 2011, and will be the third regional consultation that the UN-REDD Programme has held over the past year.
The initial consultation took place in Hanoi, Vietnam in June 2010, and resulted in a set of draft guidelines which were further elaborated during a similar consultation in the LAC region in October 2010. These draft guidelines will be further developed after receiving input from this regional consultation for Africa.
After the recommendations from all three workshops are analyzed and merged, the draft guidelines will be released for a public comment and input process and will then be added as an annex to the UN-REDD Programme's Operational Guidance on the Engagement of Indigenous Peoples and other Forest Dependent Communities.
|Group discussion at the UN-REDD Programme FPIC workshop mid-June in Hanoi, Viet Nam.
The Africa region consultation will gather about 60 participants from Indigenous and tribal peoples organizations, civil society, the UN-REDD Programme, FCPF and a variety of partner organizations from Africa, in particular representing UN-REDD Programme partner countries, including Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Kenya, Nigeria, Republic of Congo, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.
Building on the guidelines drafted in the Asia-Pacific and Latin America and the Caribbean workshops, the Programme hopes that the Africa consultation will help to refine a set of definitions, recommendations, and guidelines for FPIC processes and recourse mechanisms to be applied to UN-REDD Programme activities to inform a final draft of guidelines to be adopted by the UN-REDD Programme.
Click here for the agenda, working documents and background materials of the UN-REDD Programme's upcoming FPIC consultation in Tanzania.