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Indigenous Peoples in Decisions of the Convention on Biological Diversity (Working Draft)

Forest Peoples Programme and International Indigenous Forum on Biodiversity (IIFB)

8 October, 2012

Many decisions of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) contain language on indigenous peoples and local communities*, for instance on their full and effective participation, impacts on their lands and livelihoods, the value and contribution of their traditional knowledge and customary sustainable use, and the need for support in capacity building.

In this guide we provide a selection of main COP10 (18-29 October 2010, Japan) decisions that contain references to indigenous peoples and local communities.

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FPIC for REDD+ in the Asia Pacific region: Lessons learned, challenges and recommendations

 Executive summary

The interpretation and application of the right to Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) is still evolving and continues to present both opportunities and challenges for those developing countries who are preparing to engage with REDD+. Given that many countries are still at a very early stage of understanding what FPIC is and how it can be integrated into their national REDD+ strategies, it is timely for countries to share their experiences with one another in order to facilitate learning on FPIC. 

The main purpose of this Report is to share some recent lessons learned on FPIC for REDD+, based on the emerging experiences of the UN-REDD Programme partner countries in the Asia-Pacific region. The Report draws significantly on the proceedings of the Second UN-REDD Programme Regional Workshop on FPIC Shared Learning. This workshop, held in Bogor, Indonesia, from 19 20 April 2012, was attended by nearly 80 participants, drawn from 14 partner countries across the Asia- Pacific region and 2 partner countries from the Latin America and Caribbean region.

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REDD+ Social and Environmental Standards (Version 2)

The evolution of the REDD+ SES

REDD+ SES were developed through a participatory and inclusive process from May 2009 through workshops in four developing countries and two public comment periods leading to publication of Version 1 in June 2010.  An International Standards  Committee representing a balance of interested parties including governments, Indigenous Peoples’ organizations, community associations, social and environmental NGOs and the private sector oversees the initiative.  The Climate, Community & Biodiversity Alliance (CCBA) and CARE International serve as the international secretariat of the REDD+ SES initiative with technical support from the Proforest Initiative.Ecuador, the State of Acre in Brazil, Nepal, and the Province of Central Kalimantan in Indonesia are using the REDD+ SES.  They are all following the same country-led multi-stakeholder process detailed in a separate document ‘Guidelines for the Use of the REDD+ SES at country level’, which involves three core elements: governance, interpretation and assessment (more information  is  available at  www.redd-standards.org). Anumber of other countries/provinces are starting to use REDD+ SES including Guatemala, Mexico, San Martin Region in Peru, Amazonas State in Brazil, Liberia, and Tanzania.

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Indigenous Peoples and the Green Climate Fund – A technical briefing for Indigenous Peoples, policymakers and support groups

23 August, 2012

On the occasion of the first Board meeting of the Green Climate Fund (GCF), Forest Peoples Programme (FPP) and Jaringan Orang Asal Se-Malaysia (JOAS)are publishing a report titled: “Indigenous Peoples and the Green Climate Fund – A technical briefing for Indigenous Peoples, policymakers and support groups

This report summarises some key issues relevant for indigenous peoples, building on statements and policy platforms adopted by Indigenous Peoples’ Caucuses. In particular the report draws attention to the need for the GCF to improve indigenous peoples’ participation in governance, adopt stronger safeguards and facilitate direct access to financing for climate change response actions developed and implemented by indigenous peoples.

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BRIEFING PAPER: REDD+ FINANCE AND SAFEGUARDS

 

Informal Additional Sessions of the Ad Hoc Working Groups

UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, Bangkok, 30 August – 5 September 2012

 

Finance for safeguards implementation is essential to attract and sustain funding

To attract and sustain funding, REDD+ finance must operate within a governance framework capable of demonstrating compliance with social, environmental and governance safeguards. REDD+ must also be competitive in terms of risk and return, which is currently not the case. Forests are seen as a challenging environment fraught with regulatory uncertainty and perverse incentives for unsustainable practices.

  •  Key message: transparent national systems to implement, monitor and report on REDD+ safeguards and demonstrate that they are being addressed and respected throughout REDD+ implementation are essential to reduce risk, provide confidence to investors and ensure sustainable outcomes.

Governments have primary responsibility to build the enabling environment necessary for REDD+ implementation. Coordination among developed country donors is essential to support the development of frameworks for safeguards implementation and the establishment of effective safeguards information systems (SIS) in a participatory and inclusive way.

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