On the 23 and 24 of October 2012, the Climate and Forest’s Latin America team held ClientEarth’s first workshop in the Latin American region. The two day workshop titled ‘Advancing stakeholder participation and building capacities for REDD+ in Honduras and Guatemala’, was held in partnership with the Central American Commission for the Environment (CCAD) and funded by the International Tropical Timber Organisation (ITTO).
The event hosted in Guatemala City included participants representing government, civil society, forest communities, indigenous peoples and international organisations.
DAY 1 consisted of presentations by ClientEarth – Introduction to ClientEath’s Projects in the Region, Introduction to Processes to Strengthen Forest Governance, Introduction to the REDD+ Safeguards, Full and Effective Participation and Free Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) – and presentations by multiple guest speakers presenting their vision and analysis of forest governance in Guatemala:
Marcel Oseida from the Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources (MARN)
Oscar Rojas from the Federacion de Defensores de la Naturaleza (FND) representing civil society
Mario Escobedo from the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Ramiro Batzin from Sot’zil representing indigenous peoples
Byron Alonzon from Ut’z Che’ representing forest communities
Allison Silverman from the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL)
DAY 2 was organised around working groups. Participants were divided according to their stakeholder groups and were given multiple themes, issues, questions, to discuss as a group and help determine their capacity needs and their desired participatory mechanisms in relation to REDD+. The final session of the day was a plenary where each working group presented their conclusions and findings.
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