UN-REDD Hosts Regional Exchange on Free, Prior and Informed Consent in Indonesia
REDD+ experts from across Asia-Pacific gathered to share experiences and build capacities in seeking Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) for REDD+.
The UN-REDD Programme's second REDD+ Regional Information Exchange for Asia-Pacific focused on the issue of the right to Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) in the implementation of REDD+. The meeting sought to build a greater understanding of FPIC among all partner countries, expose them to new approaches and tools, and increase the capacity of country-level actors to design and implement FPIC processes.
More than 90 key players from governments, Indigenous Peoples’ and civil society organizations, technical advisors and programme managers from UN-REDD National Programme teams, country and regional UN representatives, and representative of the World Bank, met in Bogor, Indonesia on 19-20 April 2012 to share their knowledge and experience in FPIC.
Discussions were kicked off with:
- Updates on the global UN-REDD Programme FPIC guidelines and how they can be used to develop national guidelines for FPIC;
- Sharing of experiences from Papua New Guinea (PNG) in developing FPIC guidelines and from Indonesia in developing FPIC policy recommendations; experiences in piloting FPIC for UN-REDD National Programmes in Viet Nam and Indonesia, which underscored operational issues such as ensuring enough time for decision-making and building the capacity of those developing and implementing national or sub-national guidelines;
- A review of the institutionalized FPIC processes in the Philippines that highlighted some of the problems with current in-country efforts on FPIC and steps being made to resolve these;
- FPIC planning and implementation at a project level in Cambodia;
- Efforts in Bangladesh, Bhutan, Pakistan and the Solomon Islands to inform and consult with Indigenous Peoples and local communities on REDD+.
In working groups, participants explored key issues such as: methods for communicating FPIC (ie/ the use of appropriate languages and materials); documenting FPIC processes; decision-making and recording decisions; and establishing grievance mechanisms. In collaboration with the Center for People and Forests (RECOFTC), a side training event on how to evaluate and verify FPIC processes was also offered for interested countries.
A large exhibition area allowed space for PNG, Vietnam and Indonesia to display materials, including posters, brochures and videos used for informing communities. The exhibition received high marks from participants, who commented that it provided them with the means to learn practically about effective strategies to communicate with stakeholders on REDD+ related issues and how these approaches could be incorporated in other national FPIC processes.
Feedback on the Regional Exchange indicated that participants learned substantially from other countries’ experiences and were provided with a greater understanding of key operational issues, leading to a greater confidence in carrying out FPIC. Emerging lessons included the need to: review and improve upon existing consultation and consent processes; assist countries to develop supportive policies for FPIC; and develop a “business case for FPIC”. A lessons-learned document will be developed to share these findings. Recommendations for future activities included developing updates on FPIC processes, FPIC site visits and the establishment of a FPIC listserv.
A press release for the REDD+ Regional Information Exchange on FPIC is available here in both English and Bahasa Indonesia. All presentations given at the Regional Information Exchange can be found here; a full report of the event will be posted at the same link shortly.