The United Nations Collaborative Programme
on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation
and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries
 
 
 
 
Global-level Activities
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The UN-REDD Global Programme Strategy includes a dedicated work area on the engagement of indigenous peoples, local communities and other relevant stakeholders in REDD+. Efforts are made to coordinate this work with other multi-lateral REDD+ initiatives, such as the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility, and other relevant partners, such as those from civil society. This work focuses on 4 key outputs:

  1. Indigenous Peoples, local communities, civil society organizations, and other relevant stakeholders are informed of national and international REDD+ processes, policies and activities.
    In order to be able to engage effectively, stakeholders must be well informed of the aspects of REDD+ readiness. The UN-REDD Programme will: support the dissemination of factual, unbiased information on REDD+ that can be used at the local, national and international levels; document, analyze and synthesize best practice and lessons learned in stakeholder engagement; and facilitate South-South experience and knowledge exchange. It will also support the indigenous peoples’ and CSO representatives to the UN-REDD Policy Board communicate information on UN-REDD Programme activities, procedures and decisions to their regional constituencies (click here for more information).

  2. Principles, guidelines and procedures for stakeholder engagement in national and international REDD+ processes developed through inclusive consultation
    A core area of the UN-REDD Programme’s work has been to develop standardized guidance materials in order to support activities at the national and international level to adhere to principles of stakeholder engagement and human rights based approaches.

    The UN-REDD Programme has developed joint Guidelines on Stakeholder Engagement in REDD+ Readiness with a focus on Indigenous Peoples and Forest Dependent Communities with the World Bank hosted Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) for use in all UN-REDD Programme and FCPF partner countries, including countries where both initiatives support REDD+ readiness activities (click here for more information).

    The UN-REDD Programme has also developed Guidelines on Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) (Working Final version) and an associated Legal Companion, which outlines existing international law and emerging State practice affirming that indigenous peoples have the right to effective participation in the decisions, policies and initiatives that affect them and that FPIC is a legal norm that imposes duties and obligations on the States  (click here for more information).

    Support for the implementation of effective stakeholder engagement practices and guidelines in REDD+ countries
    The UN-REDD Programme will support the implementation of its guidance on stakeholder engagement through work with counterparts at the regional and country level. Activities will include the analysis of National Programme design and activity implementation to ensure coherence with stakeholder engagement guidance; support to the development of national protocols for the implementation of FPIC; and support to the development of grievance redress mechanisms.

  3. Stakeholders are supported to engage in and influence national and international REDD+ processes
    In order to uphold the rights of indigenous peoples, local communities and civil society stakeholders, the UN-REDD Programme’s work is centred on the need to support the full and effective participation of stakeholders in REDD+ decision-making processes. This includes supporting entry points in national and international REDD+ fora and initiatives.

In addition to encouraging the development of inclusive REDD+ decision-making structures within National Programmes, support is provided for indigenous and civil society representatives to contribute to international processes, such as the annual UNFCCC Conference of the Parties. The UN-REDD Programme also ensures representation of indigenous peoples and civil society organizations (CSOs) on the UN-REDD Programme Policy Board (click here for more information).