6 June 2012. Good and efficient governance of forest resources and the distribution of benefits are central to the success of REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, and the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks). In order to discuss governance assessments for REDD+, the United Nations Collaborative Initiative on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN-REDD), a partnership between the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), supported the first South-South Knowledge Exchange on Participatory Governance Assessment (PGA) in Bogor, Indonesia, from 17-18 April 2012.
The workshop brought together participants from nine UN-REDD partner countries – Ecuador, Indonesia, Viet Nam, Nigeria, Paraguay, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Papua New Guinea, and Cambodia – to share knowledge and experiences between countries on the PGA process. Practitioners from the PGA pilot countries Ecuador, Nigeria, Viet Nam and Indonesia shared their experiences and early lessons learned in conducting a national PGA with governance experts and other countries interested in conducting an assessment in the future.
Discussions covered three central questions of the PGA for REDD+ approach: i) what to measure; ii) how to measure it; and iii) what to do with the data collected. Country ownership of the PGA processes, through the participation of both government and civil society, emerged as key to ensure the sustainability of an assessment process, as well as policy uptake and reform. Participants also suggested practical ways to organize the PGA for the REDD+ community of practice and encourage knowledge and experience sharing, such as a database of practitioners and regular annual meetings.
The meeting was also an opportunity to present already existing tools and approaches offered by the agencies of the UN-REDD Programme which can help REDD+ countries address governance issues identified through the PGA processes. Relevant tools and approaches include Institutional Context Analysis, Legislative and Parliamentary Support for REDD+, as well as available UN-REDD Programme publications and guidelines on Free, Prior and Informed Consent.
The report of the South-South knowledge exchange of the PGA for REDD+ initiative can be found here.
For further information please contact: UN-REDD@UN-REDD.org or visit: http://www.un-redd.org/Newsletter28/SouthSouth_Exchange_on_REDD_Governance/tabid/104163/Default.aspx.