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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 CaribbeanHighlights 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

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

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31 Aug.- 1 Sep .- 2 Sep.- 3 Sep.
Closing Plenary

In the afternoon, participants met for the Final Plenary to discuss on the summary the workshop, which will be reported and submitted to the UNFF. Recommendations and comments were presented. José Carlos Fernandez Ugalde, Josefina Braña and Christian Küchli thanked participants and closed the session.

 
Jürgen Blaser, Intercooperation

Anne Larson, CIFOR

Christian Küchli, Federal Office for the Environment, Switzerland

José Luís Fernandez Ugalde, CONAFOR

Juan Carlos Carillo, Centro Mexicano de Derecho Ambiental (CEMDA)

Kjell Kühne, Germany
Theme 4: Rights, Livelihoods and Forests
Chris van Dam, Intercooperation, said that community forest management (CFM) should be shifted to territorial forest management, which would enable economies of scale and strengthen indigenous political institutions to affront threats to their territories, such as encroachment.

Peter Cronkleton, CIFOR, drew comparisons among CFM governance structures in Mexico, Brazil and Bolivia, highlighting that in Brazil and Bolivia areas being demarcated for communities are large and encompass many communities and in some cases multiple ethnicities, making it more difficult to link governance of the larger area with governance of individual communities and their resources.

Janis Alcorn, Inter-American Development Bank, spoke about best practices for ensuring REDD+ rights for indigenous peoples.

Juan Carlos Carillo, CEMDA

Esteve Corbera, University of East Anglia, outlined land tenure regimes and their relationship with carbon rights and REDD+ in Mexico, Brazil and Costa Rica.

Fabrice Edouard, FAO
Guillermo Navarro, CATIE
Jan McAlpine, Director, UNFF
Roundtable 5: REDD+, Rights and Communities

Participants addressed the following: articipants addressed the following: the bundles of rights for capturing benefits from forest goods and services; governance processes to protect rights, elements of carbon rights as a tradable property and institutional arrangements for trading carbon; untapped opportunities to integrate local communities and SFM in the context of REDD+; policies that can be used to capture opportunities and reduce threats; the adaptation of REDD+ to local contexts and REDD+ design aspects that should be fixed by policies and measures; and the role of community forest management in REDD+ and potential scale that can be addressed.

 
 
Guillermo Navarro, CATIE, moderated Roundtable 5.
Ivan Zúñiga Pérez-Tejada, Mexican Civil Council for Sustainable Silviculture (CCMSS)
Participant presenting group conclusions
Roundtable 6:
Indigenous People and REDD+ Safeguards

Participants discussed: the processes and institutional arrangements needed to ensure early involvement by indigenous peoples in REDD+ design; policies needed to protect and expand existing territorial rights and ensure rights to carbon for indigenous peoples; opportunities to integrate community and indigenous peoples' traditional forest management practices in REDD+; and adapting REDD+ to local contexts while keeping certain design aspects fixed.

 
Francisco Chapela, Rainforest Alliance
Participants discussing in groups.
 
Open Space
Four different organizations hosted “open spaces,” inviting participants to discuss various issues in more detail.  
Discussion Lead by Coordinator of Indigenous Organizations of the Amazon, (COICA)
Juán Carlos Jintiach, International Economic Cooperation and Autonomous Indigenous Development, Ecuador
Participants during discussions.
Forest Planning Contributions and Opportunities for Sustainable Use with Rural Families in the Commitments and International Strategies on REDD+
This space was organized by San Nicolás – Masbosques. Maria Patricia Tobon described the development of the Masbosques Afforestation/Reforestation Clean Development Mechanism project in Colombia. She said the project has resulted in wider consideration of sustainability and opportunities for ayments for environmental services (PES) across Colombia.
 
Maria Patricia Tobón, Masbosques
Participants during the presentation.
The Legal Framework for REDD+ in Latin America
This space was organized by the Latin American Network for Environmental Law. Gloria Sanclemente Zea, Ecoversa Corporation, presented results on a comparative study of the legal framework and relevant local customs in four Latin American countries for payments for environmental services (PES), which can inform a REDD+ framework. Sergio Arias García, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT), discussed the allocation of natural resources competences among institutions, noting the Mexican national legal framework is ready to address REDD+.
 
Gloria Sanclemente Zea, Ecoversa Corporation and Lucía Ruíz Ostoic, Latin American Network for Environmental Law, during discussions.
Participants during presentation.
The Practicalities of Carbon Payment Systems for Communities
The Center for Research in Environmental Geography (CIGA) of UNAM hosted a space on the practicalities of carbon payment systems for communities. Participants were asked to simulate the roles of government, community, and NGOs/technicians, to come up with solutions to how and when communities will get paid for environmental services, and how much they will be paid.
 
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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*Global forest policy backgrounder
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*MEA Bulletin - Newsletter on key MEAs and their secretariats
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