Deforestation and forest degradation account for about 17 per cent of the total global carbon emissions, significantly contributing to global warming. Both are also a threat to loss of biological diversity and to the livelihood of forest-dependent communities. Scientists have estimated that global carbon stocks in forest biomass decreased by approximately 0.5 Gt per annually due to a reduction in forest coverage.
To tackle the problem of carbon emission and biodiversity loss from the forest, the UN Climate Change Convention conceived the framework, Reducing Emission from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+) to, among other things, financially reward developing countries for any emission reduction achieved associated with a decrease in the conversion of forests to alternate land uses, and which incentivises a break from historic trends of increasing deforestation rates and greenhouse gases emissions. Markedly, REDD+ has gained profound acceptance in many developing countries and institutions.
And to advance and support the REDD+, the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF), a global partnership of governments, businesses, civil society, and Indigenous Peoples, was established to, among other things, pilot a performance-based payment system for REDD+ activities, with a view to ensuring equitable benefit sharing and promoting future large-scale positive incentives for the Framework. FCPF is also meant to test ways to sustain or enhance the livelihoods of local communities and to conserve biodiversity, as well as to broadly disseminate the knowledge gained in the development of the Facility and the implementation of Readiness Preparation Proposals (RPPs) and Emission Reductions Programs (ERPs).
As one of the Southern intermediaries, PACJA is implementing an FCPF-funded Project aimed at building the capacity of Civil Society Organizations and Local Communities in Africa on REDD+ while enhancing regional information-sharing and knowledge exchange across Africa and the Global South.
Part of the activities of the Project will be the documentation of new knowledge and experiences on REDD+ from across the 18 FCPF eligible countries in Africa and publication as well as dissemination of the same.
The countries are 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.
We, therefore, are pleased to invite scholarly/practitioners’ Papers from Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in the aforementioned 18 countries which will address or contribute to the following subjects:
- REDD+ financial and legal mechanisms
- Good practices on stakeholder engagement in REDD+
- Practical examples on how REDD contributes to Forest governance
- Case studies of CSOs and local communities participation in REDD+ processes at various levels.
- National planning strategies for readiness phase for REDD+
- REDD+ and community participation and empowerment
- Examples of community-led and sustainable forest management practices in the above targeted countries in Africa
- The balance between forest management and benefit to CSOs and local communities
- REDD+ safeguards and reference levels
The Paper(s) should have abstract(s) of approximatel 400 words and should not exceed 4000 words. The contributions will be peer-reviewed and publications will be subject to satisfactory revision of reviewers’ notes and comments.
US$150 will be awarded for the preparation of the Papers. US$50 will be availed upon review and acceptance while the remaining US$100 will be paid upon submission of the final Paper(s).
Interested applicants should first submit a one page-abstract which shall be first reviewed and feedback communicated by the review committee. Upon acceptance of the abstract, the applicant will be required to submit the final paper within a span of three weeks. Kindly note that only successful applicants will be will be allowed to proceed to the next stage.
PACJA will be responsible for translating the papers and reserve the right to make the final products public via its website, list serves and other platforms of communication.
Please note the following deadlines:
Submission of one-page abstract(s): 30th September 2017
Communication to the successful applicants: 15th October 2017
Submission of final Paper(s): 3rd November 2017.
Any submission after the deadline will not be considered.
See more about REDD+ process and evolution on http://theredddesk.org/what-redd