Strengthening indigenous peoples capacities to engage in climate change mechanism in Perú

Jan 31, 2014

UNDP’s 18 month project on strengthening indigenous peoples capacities for their informed participation in the design of a REDD+ mechanism in Peru, jointly funded by UNDP’s Regional REDD+ Programme in Panama, UNDP’s Country Office in Peru and the UN-REDD Programme through Targeted Support, came to a close in December 2013, achieving important results throughout the six Amazonian regions in Peru, where more than 400 female and male indigenous leaders from 80 different organizations participated in knowledge exchanges and capacity building at the local, national and international level.

In 2011, the two largest national indigenous people’s organizations in Peru, AIDESEP[1] and CONAP[2], came to UNDP Peru requesting support to better understand REDD+ and be prepared to participate actively in future REDD+ projects and programs under development in the country, particularly the Forest Investment Program (FIP) and the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF). They specifically requested support in capacity building on safeguards information systems, strengthening dialogue processes and mechanisms for transparent and participatory governance, as related to REDD+.

UNDP and the UN-REDD Programme responded to this request by funding an 18 month project to strengthen capacities of indigenous peoples and the Ministry of Environment for their informed participation in the design of the REDD+ mechanism in Peru. Read more about the specific challenges, results and lessons learned of the project in this report.

During the implementation of this project, Peru actively participated in and organized regional South-South exchanges on specific REDD+ related topics such as anti-corruption, social and environmental safeguards, and indigenous peoples’ rights, bringing together countries from the region to learn from each other’s experiences and exchange knowledge on the topics. The government of Peru and indigenous peoples’ organizations came together to plan and execute knowledge exchanges and co-lead the project’s steering committee together, resulting in a successful example of government and indigenous peoples’ joint collaboration.

This successful collaboration between indigenous peoples and the government throughout the project has generated best practices for the countries in relation to REDD+, both in the country and internationally to learn from the experience. These results “will positively influence other REDD+ and non-REDD+ processes in Peru”, as stated by Lucas Dourojeanni Álvarez from Peru’s Ministry of Environment.

To learn more about REDD+, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change mechanism that is designed to mitigate climate change through forest conservation, and the UN-REDD Programme’s work in promoting the informed and meaningful involvement of all stakeholders in national and international REDD+ implementation, refer to the UN-REDD Programme website  or contact UNDP UN-REDD’s  Regional Technical Advisor, Pierre-Yves Guedez.

[1] Asociación Interétnica de Desarrollo de la Selva Peruana

[2] Confederación de Nacionalidades Amazónicas del Perú 

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