- 0 Introduction
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 historical 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).
In 2007, the COP recognized that the needs of local and indigenous communities should be addressed when action is taken to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries. Guidance and safeguards for policy approaches and positive incentives on issues relating to REDD+ stipulate “the full and effective participation of relevant stakeholders, in particular, indigenous peoples and local communities” for undertaking REDD+ activities. Stakeholder participation in REDD+ builds trust among and reduces conflict between stakeholders, and supports the empowerment of local stakeholders.
REDD+ Readiness activities, in particular, involve a high degree of consultation amongst various stakeholders, including civil society, IPs, LC 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 and LC is, therefore, critical for REDD+, and requires a deep understanding of the objectives of REDD+, the related risks, and opportunities and their potential role in the process. In
a number of countries, CSOs are increasingly granted opportunities to participate in national level REDD+ related decision making structures, while in others participation is either very limited or
As one of the Southern intermediaries, PACJA is currently 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 case studies, new knowledge and experiences on REDD+ from across the 18 FCPF countries in Africa and publication as well as dissemination of the same.
PACJA is, therefore, intending to engage a consultant to undertake a study to ascertain the level of CSO participation in REDD+ processes in Mozambique, Cameroon, and Cote d’Ivoire. The findings of the study will be used to inform PACJA’s advocacy work under the Capacity Building Project. The results of the study will also be disseminated to the project beneficiaries in the 18 FCPF countries so as to share lessons learned, good practices and recommendations.
- 0 Objective of the Assignment
To assess the level of CSOs participation in the national REDD+ processes in Cote d’Ivoire, Mozambique, and Cameroon.
The study will also communicate the key gaps and good practices with regards to involvement of Civil Society organizations in the three countries of focus.
- 0 Scope of Work
The consultant will be required to carry out the following tasks;
- Preparation of the work plan/outline and methodology of undertaking the task
- Consulting with the key REDD+ stakeholders (government and non-state actors) in the three countries of focus
- Take stock of the number of CSOs involved in REDD+ issues in three countries
- Review of the existing REDD+ policy and institutional frameworks in the three countries of focus
- Review of the Readiness process in the three countries of focus and assess the level of participation of Civil Society Organizations
- Review the countries’ stakeholder consultation process with regards to REDD+ and how it is conducted
- Review the countries’ national REDD+ steering committee and technical working groups and ascertain the level of CSO engagement in the national REDD+ processes
- 0 Key outputs and Deliverables
The key outputs to be delivered by the Consultant are as follows:
- A consolidated report detailing key findings, deliberations, and recommendations for the three countries
- 3 policy brief outlining key recommendations to policymakers in each of the three countries
- 0 Reporting Modalities
The Consultant will work under the overall guidance of the PACJA FCPF Project Officer with additional guidance from the Advisor, Research, and Policy
- 0 Qualification and Experience
- Higher education (a master’s degree) in Environment/Natural Sciences (Agriculture, Ecology, Environment, Climate Change, and Sustainable Land management, etc), or related areas.
- At least 10 years of relevant experience in Climate Change, Environment, and National REDD+process.
- Strong understanding of stakeholder engagement and advocacy on REDD+ and Climate Change and strong working knowledge of FCPF, government institutions, the civil society sector and working with public authorities on issues related to REDD+ and climate change.
- Strong reporting skills, analytical, research, presentation and communication skills.
- Able to communicate well in English, French and/or Portuguese
- 0 Duration of assignment
The assignment is expected to be carried out within a period of 4 weeks after signing the consultancy contract.
- 0 Remuneration
- The successful consultant will be paid on PACJA terms and condition for the relevant contract modality.
- Payment will be done against a disbursement schedule as outlined in the contract and based on receipt of clearly defined deliverables with a specific timeline.
- 0 Application process