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Elifuraha Laltaika,
Former Indigenous Peoples Representative to the UN-REDD Programme Policy Board
Stakeholder Engagement

Approximately 70 million Indigenous Peoples depend on forests for their livelihoods and another 350 million rural people reside in or near them. Many of these communities have long-standing relationships with forested land and have customary rights that are legally recognized.

The active involvement of Indigenous Peoples and other forest-dependent communities in forest management produces positive results, such as lower rates of deforestation.

However, Indigenous Peoples and other forest-dependent communities are often disproportionately impacted by ecosystem degradation, and these groups, despite being rights holders, often lack political power and voice.

In order to uphold basic human rights and to increase the success of REDD+, it is imperative to enable these groups to participate in REDD+ decision-making at the local, national and international levels. The UN-REDD Programme has a specific focus on Indigenous Peoples and other forest-dependent communities, while also encouraging broader multi-stakeholder processes.

The UN-REDD Programme supports a number of different activity areas in support of this goal at the Global and at the National level. The UN-REDD Programme also works closely with the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) to ensure harmonization of approaches.

Stakeholder Engagement Updates

Civil Society and Indigenous Peoples in the Democratic Republic of the Congo Evaluate their Participation in REDD+

June/July 2013

Evaluation intended to enhance the effectiveness of stakeholder engagement.
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UN-REDD Launches Guidelines on Free, Prior and Informed Consent and Consults on Community-Based REDD+ at UNPFII

June/July 2013

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March 2013

Launch of UN-REDD Programme Guidelines on Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC)

The UN-REDD Programme is pleased to launch the UN-REDD Programme Guidelines on Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) (Working Final version) and its 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. Read full article…

September 2012

New Civil Society, Indigenous Peoples Observers Selected for UN-REDD Policy Board

New observers have been selected through a robust self-selection process to represent each of the regions where the UN-REDD Programme works. Read full article…

August 2012

Voting Period Now Open for New Civil Society Representatives to the UN-REDD Policy Board

After receiving more than 100 nominations over the past month, the UN-REDD Programme is now asking Civil Society Organizations to vote on four new representatives to its Policy Board. 
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May 2012

Update on UN-REDD's Work with Indigenous Peoples

UN-REDD hosts regional exchange on Free, Prior and Informed Consent in Indonesia. Read full article…

UN-REDD contributes to Pan Africa Indigenous Peoples Dialogue in Tanzania. Read full article…

UN-REDD presents progress on FPIC at the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. Read full article…

February 2012

UN-REDD Hosts Global Workshops on FPIC and the Social and Environmental Risks and Benefits of REDD+

Two workshops held in Geneva this month brought together a diverse group of stakeholders from around the world to further important work on risks and benefits of REDD+ and ensuring the rights of Indigenous Peoples in REDD+ readiness and implementation. Read full article…

December 2011

UN-REDD Programme Guidelines on Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) are open for public review

We are happy to announce that the draft UN-REDD Programme Guidelines on Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) are open for public review and that we welcome your comments until 15 January 2012. You may download the Guidelines in EnglishSpanish and French. Read more...

September 2011

Global Workshop on Community Involvement in REDD+ MRV

More than 65 participants from 15 countries across Africa, Asia and Latin America shared their experiences and work on MRV during a workshop entitled, “Linking community monitoring with national Monitoring Reporting and Verification for REDD” held in Mexico last month, from 12-14 September 2011. The workshop sought to come up with a common view on how Indigenous Peoples and local communities may be involved in monitoring carbon stock changes and other variables related to REDD+. Read more....

July 2011

Indigenous Peoples and Civil Society Participate in Zambia REDD+ Orientation

The UN-REDD Programme organized a national REDD+ Orientation Workshop in Zambia, Lusaka on 27-29 June 2011. In addition to enhancing understanding of the REDD+ mechanism, another goal of the workshop was to foster multi-stakeholder engagement and dialogue on REDD+. Participants included Indigenous Peoples and civil society representatives who had contributed to the UN-REDD Programme Africa Regional Free, Prior and Informed Consent consultation in January 2011, as well as a range of other REDD+ stakeholders including different governmental departments, forest officers representing all Zambia’s nine provinces, donors and representatives from different United Nations organizations that are engaged in the implementation of the REDD+ programme in Zambia. Read more....

June 2011

Indigenous Peoples’ Rights in REDD+ Highlighted at the UNPFII

At the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNFPII), the UN-REDD Programme presented its forthcoming FPIC and Recourse Guidelines, and joint guidelines for stakeholder engagement recently developed with the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility and Forest Investment Program. Read more...

June 2011

Joint FCPF/UN-REDD Programme Stakeholder Engagement Guidelines now open for public comment

The joint FCPF and UN-REDD "Guidelines on Stakeholder Engagement in REDD+ Readiness with a Focus on the Participation of Indigenous Peoples and Other Forest-Dependent Communities" are now open for public comment. You can access the Guidelines in English, French and Spanish. All comments should be sent to Haddy Sey, FCPF: hsey@worldbank.org and Gaya Sriskanthan, UN-REDD Programme: gayathri.sriskanthan@undpaffiliates.org before 1 July. Read more...

January 2011

Africa FPIC and Recourse Workshop

The regional consultation between Indigenous Peoples and Forest-Dependent Communities from Africa and the UN-REDD Programme on Free, Prior and Informed Consent Processes and Recourse Mechanisms will take place in Arusha, Tanzania on 24 – 27 January 2011. Read full article...

January 2011

UN-REDD Programme and FCPF release draft harmonized Guidelines on Stakeholder Engagement

In order to best serve developing countries preparing to undertake REDD+, the UN-REDD Programme and the World Bank-hosted Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) have collaborated to develop harmonized Guidelines on Stakeholder Engagement in REDD+ Readiness With a Focus on the Participation of Indigenous Peoples and Other Forest-Dependent Communities. Read more here.