Participatory tools and approaches for REDD+: what is being used and how effective they are?

Participatory tools and approaches for REDD+: what is being used and how effective they are?

What is this event about?

Participatory approaches for the design of REDD+ strategies, capacity, gender mainstreaming and participatory analyses of forest dependency illustrate the added value, comparative advantages and the complementary nature of a pro-poor REDD+ approach. Exchange between people that contribute to the generation of information, experience and expertise at the national and sub national levels either as policy makers or as representatives of interest groups, will greatly enhance the REDD+ readiness process. In all cases, the focus is on how the application of a technique or approach is useful for REDD+ and what the experience has been.

This Knowledge Café event brings together a selected group of experts in participatory tools, grassroots organizations, local and indigenous people representatives to discuss and reach common understanding on how to build on participatory tools and approaches to foster Pro-poor REDD+ approach, more effectively engage local communities in mitigation actions, provide locally generated information, understanding and lessons as inputs to national and global REDD+ policies, and improve local REDD+ collective action.

Main objective
Build initial agreements about suitable participatory approaches available for sustainable engagement of grassroots communities in REDD+ activities that have positive effect on grassroots governance arrangements.

At the end of the session, participants would have made recommendations/resolutions on how to take participatory approaches forward as a sustainability mechanism for REDD+. These recommendations need to specifically highlight steps to i) take to effectively engage communities at different levels of REDD+ processes, ii) enhance grassroots level REDD+ collective action, iii) generate quality/reliable socioeconomic information to enhance understanding and influence REDD+ policy and planning processes.

Key issues to discussion

1. To what extend the tools and approaches you know and have experience are considered PPA?
2. To what extend do we agree that participatory approaches and tools are more effective in ensuring the sustainability of REDD+?
3. How do we efficiently engage communities in REDD+ using PPA?
4. To what extension is information and understanding generated through PPA useful, reliable/credible for improved REDD+ policy, planning and implementation processes?
5. What are the steps to follow in order to use PPA to connect the local, national and global in REDD+ policy design and implementation?
6. What action do we take from now onward to mainstream PPA as the main sustainability mechanism for REDD+?

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