4 June 2012: The UN-REDD Programme has supported the first South-South exchange on participatory governance assessments (PGA) for REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, and the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks).
Held in Bogor, Indonesia, from 17-18 April 2012, the workshop brought together participants from nine UN-REDD partner countries (Ecuador, Indonesia, Viet Nam, Nigeria, Paraguay, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Papua New Guinea, and Cambodia) to share knowledge and experiences between countries on the PGA process. Four pilot PGA countries (Ecuador, Nigeria, Viet Nam and Indonesia) shared their early lessons learned in conducting a national PGA.
Participants discussed relevant tools and approaches, such as the Institutional Context Analysis, Legislative and Parliamentary Support for REDD+, and the UN-REDD publications on free, prior and informed consent (FPIC). They also addressed: what to measure; how to measure it; and what to do with the data collected. Participants highlighted the need to follow up on several points, inter alia: developing a visualization of when and how different tools fit within a PGA process; preparing a database of all PGA practitioners; and preparing annual meetings for the PGA Community of Practice.