Stakeholders join hands to develop REDD+ FPIC protocols in DRC



Posted on 05 September 2012  | 
On August 23rd and 24th in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), local and international civil society leaders and representatives of the private sector came together and developed a roadmap for the implementation of REDD+ free and prior informed consent (FPIC) protocols. Through a participatory approach, the group also developed a FPIC questionnaire to be used by REDD+ project managers in the field as they engage with indigenous peoples and local communities on REDD+ issues. The new protocols and tools will enable practitioners to tailor their efforts to the specific needs and criteria of each location and its inhabitants.

“It is important that all of us – non-governmental organizations, community groups and government agencies – come together as a group to address the issue of free, prior and informed consent as it is a critical component to a successful REDD+ mechanism,” said Flory Botamba, WWF-DRC REDD+ Project Manager.

The workshop was organized by WWF-DRC through a project of the WWF Forest and Climate Initiative and funded through a generous grant from the government of Norway administered by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad).

This FPIC workshop follows the publication of a WWF-financed draft FPIC guide for DRC, and field testing of draft protocols by key stakeholder groups and government agencies.

WWF hopes that through participatory processes such as this, that the rights of communities will be supported and solidified as one of the key pillars of a successful REDD+ mechanism. As a proponent of the REDD+ Five Guiding Principles, WWF believes that REDD+ should:

“…contribute to sustainable and equitable development by strengthening the livelihoods of forest-dependent communities… (AND)…recognize and respect the rights of indigenous peoples and local communities.”

To learn more about WWF’s REDD+ efforts through its global Forest and Climate Initiative, visit: www.panda.org/forestclimate.  

(Information provided by WWF-DRC’s Jolly Sassa Kiuka)



Luki forest in DRC.
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