A "mini" Forests Dialogue: Multi-stakeholder reflections on challenges and opportunities of the REDD+ Readiness phase

A "mini dialogue" is proposed in collaboration with The Forests Dialogue (TFD). Over the past years, TFD and IUCN have jointly organised many multi-stakeholder dialogues on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) and other crucial forest issues. TFD dialogues bring together forest leaders representing main stakeholder groups in the forest sector, to build relationships based on trust, commitment and understanding. In this way, substantive discussion can be generated on key forest issues that reflect collective wisdom of a diverse spectrum of stakeholders.

The proposed event creates an opportunity for IUCN members and partners to learn from each otherĀ“s experiences with on-going REDD+ preparatory processes and evolving viewpoints on REDD+. Dialogue participants will participate in facilitated discussions in both plenary and small groups. The dialogue will focus on key challenges of the readiness phase, ways forward and lessons learned, in order to inform further REDD+ readiness processes.

This dialogue is a continuation of six REDD+ Readiness Dialogues that were organised between 2009 and 2011 in Brazil, Ghana, Guatemala, Ecuador, Cambodia and Switzerland. These dialogues recognised the following challenges for the readiness phase:

- Meaningful engagement of stakeholders
- Generation of ,and access to quality information
- Policy and legal reform
- Finance and benefits distribution
- Landscape approach

The mini-dialogue will focus on Finance and Benefit Distribution of the REDD+ readiness phase and possible ways forward.

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