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Guidelines on Stakeholder Engagement
Credits: FAO/Roberto Faidutti

The joint Guidelines on Stakeholder Engagement in REDD+ Readiness with a Focus on Indigenous Peoples and Other Forest-Dependent Communitieswere developed collaboratively between the UN-REDD Programme and the World Bank hosted Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) to guide countries in their work on stakeholder engagement in REDD+ in activities supported by both or either initiative.

The joint Guidelines provide background and context on the inclusion of indigenous peoples and other forest-dependent communities and include:

  • An overview of relevant FCPF and UN-REDD Programme policies on indigenous peoples and other forest-dependent communities
  • Principles and guidance for effective stakeholder engagement
  • Practical steps for carrying out effective consultations
  • An annex that provides specific guidance on the UN-REDD Programme’s requirements for: the representation of indigenous peoples and civil society organizations at the global and national levels; transparency and accountability; and addressing grievances
  • Further annexes that outline: the UN-REDD Programme’s commitment to free, prior and informed consent; the World Bank’s relevant operational policies that apply to the FCPF; guidance on the Strategic Environmental and Social Assessment (SESA) and the Environmental and Social Management Framework (ESMF); and guidance on how standards apply under different operational arrangements

The intent of this work is to harmonize procedures and guidance material as much as possible between the UN-REDD Programme and FCPF in order to in order to make operationalizing REDD+ actions in countries where both initiatives are active a more efficient and unified process. This is in line with other work to harmonize approaches, such as the adoption of a joint R-PP template which also integrates elements of the joint Guidelines. As REDD+ is a new and constantly evolving field, the joint Guidelines are a living document that will be reviewed periodically to update their relevance and applicability.

History of the joint Guidelines on Stakeholder Engagement in REDD+ Readiness
The UN-REDD Programme originally developed an Operational Guidance on the Engagement of Indigenous Peoples and Other Forest Dependent Communities (from this point on referred to as “the Operational Guidance”) in 2009 to inform activities related to stakeholder engagement. This guidance built on the recommendations of theGlobal Indigenous Peoples’ Consultation on REDD+ held in Baguio City, Philippines in November 2008, and was informed by comments received through a public review process and in-person consultations.
Given the overlap between the UN-REDD Programme and FCPF in terms of scope of work and countries that the two initiatives are operating in together, it was felt that the burden on countries to follow multiple sets of guidance on similar issues could be reduced through the development of joint materials. The Operational Guidance was therefore harmonized with the related guidance, policies and safeguards of the FCPF and subsequently superseded by the resulting joint Guidelines on Stakeholder Engagement.

A draft version of the joint Guidelines was presented at the Tenth Session of the UN Permanent Forum of Indigenous issues at a dedicated side event. The joint Guidelines were subsequently opened for public review between 1 June 2011 and 1 July 2011 to allow governments, indigenous peoples, civil society and other stakeholders to review and comment on the draft. The joint Guidelines were subsequently reviewed and updated in response to the feedback received to create the current version.