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Workshop on Forest Governance, Decentralization and REDD+ in Latin America and the Caribbean: A Country-led Initiative in Support of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF)

31 August - 3 September 2010 | Oaxaca, Mexico

Summary of the Meetting

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José Luís Fernandez Ugalde, CONAFOR, Josefina Braña, CONAFOR, Anne Larson, Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), and Jürgen Blaser, Intercooperation

Daily web coverage
31 Aug.- 1 Sep .- 2 Sep.- 3 Sep.

Highlights from Friday, 3 September
On the last day of the Oaxaca Workshop on Forest Governance, Decentralization and REDD+ in Latin America and the Caribbean, participants discussed rights, livelihoods and forests. In the morning plenary, they heard presentations on: carbon rights in Mexico, Brazil and Costa Rica; indigenous territories and REDD+; and community forest management and REDD+. Participants then discussed these issues in a roundtable session. In the afternoon, participants were engaged in “open spaces,” discussions organized by various organizations on operationalizing specific issues. They then discussed the Workshop’s report that will be submitted to the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF). José Carlos Fernandez Ugalde, Head of the International Affairs and Finance Unit of the Mexican National Forestry Commission (CONAFOR), closed the meeting at 6:16 pm.

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Jürgen Blaser, Intercooperation

Anne Larson, CIFOR

Christian Küchli, Federal Office for the Environment, Switzerland

José Luís Fernandez Ugalde, CONAFOR

Highlights from Thursday, 2 September
On Thursday, participants of the Oaxaca Workshop continued discussing forest governance and REDD+ in plenary and roundtable sessions. In the morning, they heard presentations on landscape change, forests management and REDD+, and on forest finance and finance for REDD+. In the afternoon, participants took part in roundtable sessions to discuss the issues presented in the morning plenary.

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Bastiaan Louman, Centre for Tropical Agricultural Research and Teaching (CATIE), spoke on drivers of deforestation and sustainable forest management (SFM).
 
Pablo Pacheco, CIFOR, described the trends of landscape transformation in three Latin American countries.
Gisela Ulloa, SUNIA, Bolivia
 
Herman Savenije, Tropenbos International, said that formal financing instruments are diverse but their suitability and access to forest peoples is often limited.

Highlights from Wednesday, 1 September
On Wednesday, Workshop participants had the opportunity to take part in one of four field trips around Oaxaca, showcasing sustainable forest management linked to community enterprises and a diversified use of natural resources. Participants visited communities running enterprises such as ecotourism, handicraft-making, a tree nursery, timber milling, and water bottling. In the evening, WWF hosted a side event describing REDD+ related activities in Mexico.

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Participants viewing the pine resin purification process.
 
Firewood used to power the pine resin processing plant.
 
Local officials from Ixtlán de Juárez welcome the workshop participants.
View of Capulálpam de Méndez
 
 
Showcasing the alebrijes figurines.
 
 

Highlights from Tuesday, 31 August
The Oaxaca Workshop on Forest Governance, Decentralization and REDD+ in Latin America and the Caribbean opened today in Oaxaca, Mexico. This country-led initiative in support of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF) is co-organized by the Governments of Mexico and Switzerland. Participants heard introductory speeches in a morning plenary session, and presentations on the theme “People, forest governance and forests.” 
In the afternoon, participants took part in two roundtable sessions on governance and REDD+ implementation and on opportunities for establishing synergies between mitigation and adaptation initiatives.

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Juan Elvira Quesada, Secretary for Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT), Mexico, reviewed Mexican efforts to promote engagement of indigenous communities and women in forest governance.
Christian Küchli, Federal Office for the Environment, Switzerland; Heinrich  Schellenberg, Chargé d’affaires of Switzerland in Mexico; Jan McAlpine, Director, UNFF; and Carlos Torres Aviles, Rural Development Secretariat (Seder), Mexico
Christian Küchli, Federal Office for the Environment, Switzerland, cautioned against the temptation to use centralistic approaches to implement REDD+ and urged strengthening safeguards.
Jan McAlpine, Director, UNFF, emphasized a 360º approach to forests that implies building cross-sectoral partnerships.
Related Links
Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) resources
*Workshop web site
*Workshop agenda

General resources
*UNFCCC REDD Platform
*The Convention on Biological Diversity: Programme on Forests
*FAO Forestry
*UNFF
*The Collaborative Partnership on Forests

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