THE AFRICA REGIONAL FCPF CONSULTATIVE WORKSHOP
CONCEPT NOTE FOR THE AFRICA REGIONAL FCPF CONSULTATIVE WORKSHOP
8th OCTOBER 2018
SAFARI PARK HOTEL, NAIROBI
Forest-dependent Indigenous Peoples, Southern Civil Society and Local communities (LC) are key partners in REDD+processes design and implementation. REDD+ activities involve a high degree of consultation amongst various stakeholders, including civil society, IPs, LCs and private sector, among others, and the national REDD+ strategy must itself be rooted in a broad-based consultative process. The participation of civil society, IPs and LCs is, therefore, critical for REDD+, and requires deep understanding of the objectives of REDD+, the related risks and opportunities and their potential role in the process.
In this regard, the Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) and Mainyoito Pastoralist Integrated Development Organization (MPIDO) are currently implementing a Pan African Capacity Building project supported by the Forest Carbon Partnership facility (FCPF)aimed at strengthening the knowledge of African Civil Societies, Local Communities and forest dependent Indigenous Peoples on REDD+. The beneficiaries of the project are forest dependent IPs, LCs and Southern CSO networks from the 18 FCPF eligible countries in Africa. The project is consistent with the UNFCCC COP 16 recognition of the need to engage a broad range of stakeholders at the global, regional, national and local level, including governments, private sector and civil society for effective action on all aspects of climate change.
In response to civil society and IPs representatives’ calls for knowledge sharing and dissemination, and in order to strengthen regional collaboration, the project aims at designing and implementing a robust regional platform for information exchange and knowledge sharing between CSO and IPs networks of the FCPF member countries in Africa as well as other national and regional REDD+ processes and climate change fora.
It is with this background that PACJA is collaborating with MPIDO to convene the Africa Regional workshop on FCPF to be held back-to-back with the seventh Conference on Climate Change and Development in Africa (CCDA-VII), taking place in Nairobi, Kenya, on 8th-13th October 2018. Scheduled to take place on 8th October 2018 at Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi Kenya, the workshop will facilitate regional exchange to encourage first-hand learning and sharing of experiences from civil society and forest dependent IPs engagement in REDD+ processes, and from the Capacity Building Project being implemented by PACJA and MPIDO.
The Southern Civil Society and IPs networks in Africa have called upon PACJA and MPIDO to facilitate knowledge-sharing and dissemination convergences as a way of strengthening cross-country collaborations and effort-sharing. Their request is in line with overall objective of the Capacity Building Project, which aims at designing and implementing a robust regional platform for information exchange and knowledge sharing between CSO and IPs networks of the FCPF member countries in Africa as well as other national and regional REDD+ processes and climate change fora.
While the negotiations thus far in the lead up to COP24 in Katowice, Poland have focused on the technical details of the implementation of the Paris Agreement, there is a need to revisit the whole architecture of the agreement and re-examine options for Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) implementation under the changing global political landscape to effectively promote climate-resilience and low carbon emission development. This therefore calls for serious dialogue and interaction between policy makers, scientists and researchers as well as other stakeholders to support the translation of NDCs into action plans and programs. African civil society has a key role to inform these processes and influence decisions taken by parties and member States to implement actionable climate agendas. For this reason, it is crucial that their involvement contribute to a common African agenda especially on REDD+ is also crucial and should also inform decisions that touch on the livelihoods of the people.
This unique convergence with policy makers, researchers, and scientists among other stakeholders during the CCDA-VII will accord an opportunity to the array of actors drawn from diverse backgrounds – women, youth, and indigenous peoples, smallholder farmers – to gather various stakeholders, interrogate Africa’s NDCs and define actionable climate agendas as we aspire to transition towards low carbon emission development.
Debates on such mechanisms like REDD+ have not yet found adequate space in high-level policy processes in African countries, and this is one of the rare opportunities to create awareness to the policy makers and other stakeholders from across Africa. The FCPF regional meeting will, therefore, in addition to knowledge exchange, be a platform to expand conversations and broaden partnerships around REDD+ readiness processes while at the same time contributing towards the CCDA-VII agenda.
The workshop will target participants from all the 18 FCPF countries namely; Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Mozambique, Nigeria, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo and Uganda. Other stakeholders such as key REDD+ focal points from selected countries, UNDP, JICA, GCF, local and international agencies will also be invited to participate and share their experiences.
2.0 Objectives of the Meeting
- To broaden conversation around the FCPF Capacity Building Program and broader REDD+ Readiness/implementation process
- To strengthen the REDD+ community of practice among 18 FCPF Countries in Africa through learning, and experience sharing from civil society and IPs engagement in the REDD+ processes
- To contribute to the discourse on the CCDA-VII Agenda
- To initiate discussions and contributions towards COP24
3.0 Expected Results
- A robust regional platform for information exchange between Africa CSO and IPs networks established and recommendations on the way forward for future exchanges.
- Strengthened partnerships and platforms for information exchange between Africa CSO and IPs networks as well as other stakeholders in the REDD+ Process
- Strengthened capacities for effective engagement of Forest-dependent Indigenous Peoples and Civil Society Organizations in the REDD+ process at all levels.
- Recommendations to inform the CCDA-VII discussions developed and submitted