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Madagascar's National REDD+ Academy took place in Antananarivo from 31 October to 4 November, 2016. This 'training of trainers' session, organized by the UN-REDD Programme with support from World Bank/FCPF, saw the participation of 45 representatives from government agencies at both the national and regional levels, (almost half of them were women) including Ministries of Environment, Agriculture, Planning, Mining, Finance, Internal Affairs, National Parks and Management of Protected Areas. Other stakeholder participants included local partners from Conservation International, WWF, World Bank, Local Communities Federation, University of Anatananarivo, and CSOs representatives, such as the African Women’s Network for Community Management of Forests


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Journalists from local newspapers, national TV and radio channels were present at the opening ceremony, presided by Mrs. Hanta Rabetalianina, Secretary General, Ministry of Environment, Ecology and Forests, and for the UN-REDD Programme by the FAO representative, Mr Patrice Talla Takoukam. The closing ceremony was chaired by Her Excellency the Minister of Environment, Ecology, and Forestry, Mrs. Ndahimananjara Bénédicte Johanita. Concluding the event, participants had the honor of receiving the Certificates of Participation from the Minister herself. 

The five-day training covered the REDD+ Academy 12 topics with a particular emphasis to the drivers of deforestation, national REDD+ strategy, and good governance, given the country's interest and particular stage of REDD+ development.


The training followed the by now ascertained REDD+ Academy methodology, involving highly interactive sessions focused on group activities, exercises and case studies. National experts trained during the REDD+ Academy regional training for Africa - held in Calabar, Nigeria, in October 2015, as well as new national technical specialists, played the role of trainers, delivering presentations on the various topics and introducing the national dimension showing Madagascar's advancement on specific theme. The plenary sessions were complemented by frequent and highly engaging group work, identified by participants as one of the most beneficial aspects of the training, as it allowed them to apply the theoretical knowledge while engaging in in-depth discussions with national actors from different sectors, thus starting to address the fundamental issue of cross-sectoral dimension of REDD+.

The output of group discussions was then presented in plenary after each group exercise, thus allowing for a wider debate with all participants on specific REDD+ themes.  This was another aspect of the training enjoyed by participants, who could also carry out the discussions in their national language, Malagasy, to ensure the best understanding of complex REDD+ concepts.

A field trip was organized to Andasibe National Park to anchor the REDD+ concepts related to multiple benefits and stakeholder engagement – and on this occasion, participants have learned of the broad strategic and aspirational approach of the park designed to guide the long term sustainable park management whilst ensuring the engagement and participation of communities in the process. The innovative approach discovered by participants was that 50% of Andasibe National Park entry fees are given to local communities for development projects.


The REDD+ Academy was a golden opportunity to bring the much needed visibility and awareness of the REDD+ process in Madagascar, hence the REDD+ National team organized a national television debate on REDD+ addressing the impact of REDD+ for Madagascar, discussing the steps the country is taking in ensuring the sustainability and conservation of its national resources,  and also how the country aims to address any shortcomings in forest governance, as a prerequisite for the implementation of REDD+ strategies. On the panel were government officials, academia, civil society representative and REDD+ National Coordination representatives. The debate was later broadcasted on national television.  


For more information visit the REDD+ Academy page.


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