The Africa FCPF regional exchange workshop was organized by the Pan African climate justice Alliance (PACJA) in partnership with UNECA through the Pan African civil society Capacity Building project. The workshop was held back-to-back with the seventh Conference on Climate Change and Development in Africa (CCDA-VII). The workshop was aimed at facilitating 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 project under the Forest carbon partnership Facility aims 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. REDD+ activities involve a high degree of consultation amongst various stakeholders, including civil society, Indigenous Peoples (IP), Local Communities (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.
The workshop brought together over 50 participants drawn 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 were also invited to participate and share their experiences.
At the end of the one-day workshop, participants proposed the need for a robust regional platform for information exchange between Africa CSO and IPs networks. Other recommendations included: strengthening capacities for effective agreement of Forest-dependent Indigenous Peoples and Civil Society Organizations in the REDD+ process at all levels. These recommendations were meant to inform the CCDA VI discussions.