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Honourable Keriako Tobiko, the Kenyan Cabinet Secretary Environment and Forestry, Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Environment and Forestry Dr. Ibrahim Mohamed, the representatives of World Bank, our partners from different parts of the world, Ladies and Gentlemen, Good morning.

I take this opportunity to thank you all for coming to evaluate the work done so far on the FCPF Project, the Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) was honoured to implement in Africa.

I thank the FCPF and World Bank for the work done over so many years, especially since 2008 when the FCPF facility was launched. I would also wish to thank government representatives attending this workshop for the commendable work you are doing in your respective countries to ensure that REDD+ goals are delivered; but most importantly special thanks go to the CSOs and Indigenous People (IPs) represented here for your undying efforts in building the capacity of our communities. The mission to protect our forests is urgent, because we all know that forest destruction and degradation continues at an alarming rate, to the detriment of the climate, to the detriment of biodiversity, to the detriment of the people who depend on forests for their livelihoods, and ultimately to the detriment of humankind.

While recognising the importance of addressing the potential role of forests in the context of climate change mitigation, we have to acknowledge the complexity of the related issues, given, on the one hand, the multiple drivers of deforestation and forest degradation, and on the other, the potential multiple benefits that can result from well-designed actions.

It is evident that resources are urgently needed for capacity-building, technology transfer, strengthening governance, and enforcement and demonstration activities to prepare developing countries to take effective actions to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation. This is the role that FCPF, through World Bank, has endeavored to achieve in the last one decade and through this facility, a considerable number of milestones have been attained.

In this regard, the REDD+ Partnership constitutes a promising step on the road to a comprehensive, long-term response to how forests in developing countries can contribute to a global climate change solution, as well as to biodiversity conservation.

Developing countries’ capacities need to be strengthened, both in terms of strategy planning and in terms of institutions, while promoting the ownership and long-term plans and policies. It is critical that these ongoing and planned efforts are carefully documented to ensure they will assist in developing solid long-term approaches to REDD+. 

PACJA and Manyoito Pastoralist Integrated Development Organization (MPIDO) are the current recipient Organisations/World Bank Intermediaries for Pan African FCPF Capacity Building Programme on REDD+ for CSOs and Forest-dependent IPs supported by the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) through World Bank. The project is geared towards strengthening the knowledge of African Civil Societies, Local Communities and forest dependent Indigenous Peoples from 18 FCPF Countries in order to facilitate their active engagement and meaningful participation in the national REDD+ Processes.

The CBP is coming to its set closing date in December 2019 in the Asia-Pacific and Africa regions, and in June 2020 in the Latin America and the Caribbean region. There have been significant results achieved under this program, which were not only demonstrated in increased awareness of the IPs and CSOs to REDD+, climate change and preparation of national Emission Reduction Programs (ERPs) but also in their higher visibility and participation in various country level dialogues.

We are delighted as an organization to have been part of this momentous journey and it is our sincere hope that this journey will not come to a halt. We believe that we are only scratching the surface and that there is much more to be done.

I call upon everyone to participate actively in the workshop and we hope that by the end of the next three days.


Thank you.


Mithika Mwenda

Executive Director, PACJA.

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