Nigeria Advances its Participatory Governance Assessment for REDD+
At a recent consultative workshop in Nigeria, government officials, civil society actors and experts reached consensus on the way forward for the country’s Participatory Governance Assessment for REDD+.
More than 50 participants from Nigeria’s federal and Cross River State level recently convened to gain more insights on the relevance of the Participatory Governance Assessment (PGA) in Nigeria’s federal and state level REDD+ efforts. Participants reached agreement on the governance domains on which the PGA will be providing governance data, and they agreed on an organizational structure and next steps in the coming months. It should be noted that from the onset of its REDD+ efforts, Nigeria has been very eager to conduct a PGA in order to ensure that such efforts are appropriately designed and take into account due governance measures. Furthermore, the PGA methodology will subsequently inform Nigeria’s REDD+ safeguards efforts.
|Participants in the Participatory Governance Assessments workshop
Prior to the workshop, a PGA research team was commissioned by key stakeholders to undertake a preliminary research in three pilot sites in Cross River State, namely Esuk Mba in Akpabuyo, Iko Esai in Akamkpa, and Buanchor in Boki Local Government Areas. This research focused on the following governance aspects:
- Stakeholder analysis to identify relevant stakeholders to include throughout the process;
- Entry points for how to more meaningfully involve key private sector actors in the PGA process;
- Traditional means of communication to ensure that PGA data and results are made available to local stakeholders in an appropriate manner; and
- A mapping of governance issues relevant for the REDD+ process at the Cross River State and federal level.
The workshop, which took place 16-18 January in Calabar, Nigeria, was divided in two parts: the first two days consisted of a multi-stakeholder consultation; and a smaller number of participants remained on the third day for a training on indicator development and considerations for data collection.
After intensive discussions and valuable contributions from workshop participants, four governance domains were prioritized. These are: broad and informed participation of REDD+ stakeholders; harmonization of policy and legal framework for REDD+; transparency and accountability of the REDD+ process and finance; and lastly, inter-governmental relations and coordination.
Further, participants agreed on a road map, laying out who will be involved in the different steps reached, as well as an indicator set based on agreed priority governance domains. The draft indicator set will be further refined based on comments and inputs by stakeholders.
Relevant background documents, presentations and workshop report can be found here.