Tenure Security Announcements

Indigenous peoples’ stakeholders and UN-REDD staff engaged in an information sharing session and dialogue at the annual assembly of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) in New York City on 17 April.

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As part of the Government of Cambodia’s capacity building and South-South Cooperation efforts, a technical exchange to Ecuador is proposed to learn lessons and seek advice on progressing Cambodia’s REDD+ implementation.

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Papua New Guinea (PNG) has been a leading proponent of REDD+ under the UNFCCC, jointly tabling an agenda item on “Reducing emissions from deforestation in developing countries: approaches to stimulate action” in 2005 with Costa Rica. Since 2010 PNG has been implementing REDD+ readiness activities including the development of a national forest monitoring system (NFMS), a forest reference emission level (FREL)/Forest Reference Level(FRL), a safeguards system and a national REDD+ strategy; as well as raising awareness among a diverse range of stakeholders including land owners, government ministries, CSOs, NGOs and the private sector. PNG has received REDD+ readiness support from a number of sources including the UN-REDD Programme, the World Bank’s Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF), JICA, the EU, GIZ, UNDP and FAO.

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With support from the UN-REDD Viet Nam Phase II Programme, the Viet Nam Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development organized a High-level Dialogue on REDD+ in Ha Noi, Viet Nam, on 18 November 2016. High-level officials discussed the country’s perspective and commitment. The event mixed representatives from several Government agencies, leading REDD+ countries and international partners to allow a broad-based dialogue.

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A stakeholder consultation workshop on agricultural mapping was held in Port Moresby on 4 November 2016 to present the results of a study that 1) assessed current extent of agriculture in five provinces, and 2) estimated future scenarios for agricultural expansion in these provinces.  The study was carried out under UNDP’s FCPF REDD+ Readiness Project in close collaboration with PNG Forest Authority and the Climate Change and Development Authority with the support of JICA and FAO UN REDD Programme through PNGFA.  Key stakeholders represented at the workshop included the PNG Forest Authority, Department of Lands and Physical Planning, Department of Agriculture and Livestock, Department of Treasury, Prime Minister’s Office, and NGOs. 

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Last week Pakistan completed a series of multi-stakeholder consultations on its legal and policy framework in relation to REDD+.  The objective of the consultations was to gather input and commentary on a draft assessment report. These workshops were held in Lahore, Karachi, Muzafarabad, while for the participants from Balcohistan, FATA, KP, and GB the workshop was held in Peshawar.  The final consultation took place in Islamabad on 29 September 2016 with participants from the forestry department, civil society, and the private sector.  As Pakistan is a country with decentralized management of its forests, participants from different regions sought ways to harmonize key aspects of forest management in order to facilitate the country’s treaty obligations under UNFCCC.  

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Anyone with an interest in the legal, policy, and governance issues related to REDD+ is invited to join the online discussion group: Legal Preparedness for REDD+.  Currently with more than 400 members in 73 countries, the aim of the group is to promote an exchange of knowledge and experience between those working on legal issues related to sustainable forest management with a special focus on legal preparedness for REDD+. 

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You are invited to join the Tenure & REDD+ group on the Workspace.  This group is newly established to share information and documentation related to tenure and REDD+.  Members are encouraged to share analyses, reports, and other news.  In order to join, click on the 'Community' tab and go to 'Groups' , select 'Tenure & REDD+' and then 'Join Group'.  

At the request of the Sri Lankan Government an assessment was designed and conducted as part of the development of the country’s national strategy on REDD+.  The assessment involved applying criteria from the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries, and Forests (VGGT) to analyze the tenure implications for a wide array of proposed policies and measures (PAMs) to address deforestation and forest degradation.  The assessment will help Sri Lanka to prioritize and make investment decisions among the PAMs. It is foreseen that the methodology could be applied in other countries.  

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In the Republic of Congo where approximately 69% of the land is covered by forests, the tenure security of forests is a critical consideration. From 6-8 October the Congo hosted its first national workshop on the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure (VGGT).  This national event brought together stakeholders and high level decision makers from various sectors to discuss the relevance of the VGGT for the Congo.  

Building on synergies between REDD+ efforts to manage forests more sustainably and the opportunity to collaborate more closely with other relevant ministries and sectors, the REDD+ Focal Point, Mr. Georges Claver Boundzanga delivered a stimulating presentation on the first day.  He introduced REDD+ and described the important tenure aspects which are part of the country's REDD+ Strategy.  Georges' emphasized the important linkages between tenure and forestry and welcomed collaboration to achieve mutually beneficial goals.  

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Recently, the D-Group on Legal Preparedness for REDD+, an online discussion group with more than 350 members sponsored by FAO, featured "Tenure Week" to draw attention to this important issue in the context of REDD+. Members responded with stories and commentary on their experience related to tenure and REDD+, with posts from Cambodia, Indonesia, Guatemala, Malawi, Mexio, Pakistan, and Laos.  Some of the highlights included:  

-the experience in Indonesia to classify customary forest tenure outside State forest leading to greater recognition of customary forest land

-the success of collective tenure systems in Guatamala that allow social control

-in Pakistan, the example of IUPHKm or 35-year community concessions that resulted in forest cover increases up to 80%

To access the full content of this rich discussion and to become a member of the D-Group, please click here: 

https://dgroups.org/?q0c63mddn1xkthr

 

At the tenth Policy Board meeting of the UN-REDD Programme in Lombok, Indonesia, June 2013, Tiina Vahanen presented FAO's work on tenure in the context of REDD+. Find the presentation here, and read more on tenure and REDD+ here.

Participants in the Expert Meeting on Tenure of Forests and Land for REDD+ all agreed that secure tenure in the sustainable management of forests under REDD+ remains to be one of the most crucial limitations to be resolved. Over 60 participants from REDD+ country representatives, CSOs and international institutions attended the meeting. Take a look at some of the photos from the meeting.

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UN-REDD national programme focal points, representatives from collaborating institutions and civil society organizations will attend a two day meeting from 25– 27 February 2013 to increase the understanding of tenure related challenges for REDD+. The meeting, organized by the UN-REDD Programme at FAO headquarters, will be an opportunity to exchange experiences on the various approaches for addressing tenure under REDD+ and to elaborate REDD+ specific options.

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