Indigenous Peoples Discuss REDD+ at BMZ/FCPF/UN-REDD Workshop

fc-unredd-bmz17 September 2013: The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF), and the UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN-REDD), have convened a meeting of indigenous peoples to discuss their participation in REDD+.

The meeting, held in Weilburg, Germany, from 10-12 September, 2013, discussed practical approaches to ensure the full and effective participation of indigenous peoples in REDD+ given that the cultures and livelihoods of approximately 60 million indigenous peoples around the world are dependent on forests.

Participants identified a number of barriers to participation, including: lack of inclusion in decision-making; gaps in capacity; and poor recognition of the potential contribution of indigenous peoples and their importance as a stakeholder group.

The workshop highlighted the importance of engaging indigenous peoples in a meaningful way in order to move from consultation to collaborative decision-making throughout the REDD+ design and implementation process. [World Bank Press Release] [BMZ Press Release]