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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

Workshop on forest governance, decentralisation and REDD+ in Latin America and the Caribbean

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.

Daily web coverage
31 Aug.- 1 Sep .- 2 Sep.- 3 Sep.
Opening Plenary
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.
 
Participants during the opening plenary
Heinrich  Schellenberg, Chargé d’affaires of Switzerland in Mexico
Carlos Torres Aviles, Rural Development Secretariat (Seder), Mexico
Plenary
Theme 1: People, forest governance and forests
 
Anne Larson, Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), underscored several risks that REDD+ can pose for forest governance, including centralizing decision making, controls, and regulation design.
Pradeepa Goberdhan, Guyana Forestry Commission, moderated the session.
On challenges to governance, Elena Petkova, CIFOR, highlighted barriers posed by regulatory overburden, unrealistic regulations, unclear tenure, perverse subsidies and poor safeguards.
Raymond Landveld, Suriname
Marcel Arias, Indigenous Societies of Latin America
Leticia Merino, National Autonomous University of Mexico, UNAM

Fabiano Toni, University of Brasília, presented on decentralization and REDD+ in Brazil.
Fabrice Edouard, FAO
Andrew Wardell, CIFOR, spoke on emerging linkages between climate change mitigation and adaptation.
Jürgen Blaser, Intercooperation
Roundtable
 
Roundtable 1: Governance and REDD+ Implementation
 

Participants discussed the following: establishing synergies between policy related to REDD+ and REDD+ implementation for people and forests; the actors involved in REDD+ governance in Latin American countries and involved in developing plans and strategies for implementation; ensuring transparency and accountability; and priorities for monitoring governance.

 
Alberto Sandoval, FAO
Estelle Fach, UN-REDD Programme
 
 
Yemi Katerere, UN-REDD Programme; Tuukka Castren, World Bank; Estelle Fach, UN-REDD Programme; Marco Chiú, Ministry of Environment, Ecuador; Mariana Pavan, Institute for Conservation and Sustainable Development of Amazonas, IDESAM
 
Participants during the roundtables.
 
Valerie Benguat, Mexico
Roundtable 2: Opportunities for establishing synergies between mitigation and adaptation initiatives
 

Participants discussed: opportunities and modalities for linking mitigation and adaptation in international and national policies; governance mechanisms for effective fostering of synergies; facilitating and increasing synergies between mitigation and adaptation in subnational and local initiatives; and best practices and decision support tools for establishing these synergies.

 
Maria Netto, Inter-American Development Bank
Ivan Zúñiga Pérez-Tejada, Mexican Civil Council for Sustainable Silviculture
Elena Petkova, CIFOR
 
Marcel Arias, Indigenous Societies of Latin America
Snapshots
 
Sergio Graf, National Forestry Commission (CONAFOR), Mexico
Participants during lunch
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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