Ecuador Ramps Up Education on REDD+ and Climate Change
During a recent “Training for Trainers” workshop, Ecuador focused on increasing its capacity to promote a better understanding of how REDD+ can help mitigate climate change in the country.
The objective of Ecuador’s first “Training for Trainers” seminar last month was to teach a new group of environmental experts in the country on how to use specialized communications materials, including strategic teachings, books and educational guides produced by the Ministry of Environment, with the support of the (Germany Agency for International Cooperation), to explain climate change and REDD+ to local communities. These materials aim to help facilitate and improve meetings with different groups of people involved in areas related to climate change and the REDD+ mechanism.
The workshop, entitled "Training trainers: Climate Change and REDD+”, was organized by Ecuador’s Ministry of Environment with the support of the GIZ and Ecuador's UN-REDD National Joint Programme, and took place on 19-21 February in 2013.
"REDD+ is a new thing… as a forestry professional, who should be immersed in the subject…I need to have a clear understanding in order to apply it to communities where I work,” reflected Mr. Laurence Zambrano Lara, a 45-year-old Afro-Ecuadorian, who was one of 24 participants in the training seminar.
One of the expected activities of Ecuador’s UN-REDD National Joint Programme is to support the state to carry out a process of consulting and involving civil society, communities, indigenous peoples, afro-Ecuadorian peoples, montubio peoples, and sub-village communities in the process of preparing and implementing the REDD+ mechanism in the country. These types of training workshops attempt to help disseminate official information on REDD+ to all involved actors and through this, strengthen their decision-making abilities.
When asked what he took away from this training, Mr. Zambrano said, “It is not easy to teach people who live in the depths of the forest, due to the difference in languages and cultures, and the accessibility of these lands. Only training ourselves in this subject is where we can improve our work each day.”
Ecuador’s Ministry of Environment has planned to replicate this “training of trainers” in climate change and REDD+ in other Amazonian and coastal provinces in Ecuador.