This publication reports on a series of indigenous peoples REDD+ national dialogues organized by the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact and its local partners, with support from the UN-REDD Programme, in Bangladesh, Myanmar and Viet Nam.

Regional Report AIPP UNREDD1

 

Thirteen countries in Asia are preparing to get ready for REDD+. While these countries are moving ahead with REDD+ preparation, the awareness raising and capacity building of rights holders and their organizations for policy advocacy is very important. In this context, the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP), with the support of the UN-REDD Programme, joined hands with its local organizations to promote closer collaboration and cooperation among indigenous peoples, and with the UN-REDD Programme and government agencies implementing REDD+ in Bangladesh, Myanmar and Viet Nam.

Through partnerships with the Promotion of Indigenous and Nature Together (POINT) in Myanmar, the Center for Sustainable Development in the Mountainous Areas (CSDM) in Viet Nam and the National Coordination Committee (NCC) of Indigenous Peoples in Bangladesh, national dialogues were held between ethnic minorities and the Forest Department in Yangon, Myanmar on 2 May 2014; with the UN-REDD Programme Viet Nam Phase II Programme in Hanoi, Viet Nam on 9 May 2014; and with the Forest Department in Dhaka, Bangladesh on 19 June 2014. Prior to the dialogues, POINT, CSDM and NCC organized a three-day preparatory meeting in Yangon from 29 April-2 May 2014; a two-day preparatory meeting in Hanoi from 7-8 May 2014; and a three-day preparatory meeting in Bangladesh from 16-19 June 2014, respectively. The national preparatory meetings were vital in developing a common understanding for indigenous peoples’ representatives on REDD+ and related issues, including their rights and entitlement to benefit sharing in REDD+.

 

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