We are half way through this e-discussion on the CBR+ Second Phase Draft Proposal review and would like to thank all the contributors for taking the time to participate and share experiences, practices and recommendations. We would like to particularly acknowledge  Tim Cadman - Australia,  Devika Kumar - New Zealand,  Ngin Navirak from UNDP Cambodia and  Chouchouna Losale from Democratic Republic of Congo. 
We would like to share a few key points that have emerged so far: 

  • In Cambodia the firstphase of CBR+ led to concrete valuable recommendations for REDD+ Policy development on how national forest management and REDD+ strategies should continue to fund and support successful community-based approaches in critical areas of forest deforestation and on the importance of high-level guidance to engage with actors that are encroaching into community areas. 
  • DRC views the importance of the secondphase of CBR + asan opportunity to facilitate the integration of community-based activities, into national REDD+ processes one that respects the rights of local and indigenous communities includingwomen and youthand focused on landscape restoration andcommunity forestry. The first phase of CBR+ had a positive impact on the REDD+ processes in the country that also included comprehensive capacity building on REDD +and climate change more specifically. 
  • Community-driven standards are an excellent approach to local community empowerment, poverty alleviation and emissions reductions. Several key relevant resources have been shared that have highlighted studies and assessments on the governance quality indicators for community-based forest management systems in Asia to be utilized in designing REDD+ policies and programmes for community forest-based REDD+ stakeholders in developing countries.
  • The need for an independent monitoring and assessment mechanisms both on a national and global level whilst implementing REDD, that will help mitigate the risk of ‘dis-benefits’ related to violations of indigenous peoples rights, and support biodiversity, promote sustainable development and reduce poverty on a global scale. Suggestions included that at the national level, advisory groups are recommended to conduct free, prior and informed consultation processes with various indigenous groups whilst ensuring action plans in place that can provide legal recognition of customary rights to lands. It can also lead to building trust, creating transparent funding structures, respecting the principle of Free Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) during the implementation of REDD+ programs at the national level. 

We  are encouraging you all to continue sending your contributions on the CBR+ Second Phase draft proposal by  20 th October to Jennifer Laughlin , Global Technical Specialist with UNDP Climate and Forests Team & SGP -  jennifer.laughlin@undp.org .

Details on thematic questions are to be found  here.
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