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The Ministry of Environment and Tourism together with the UN-REDD Mongolia National Programme conducted a consultation meeting on 1 November in Ulaanbantaar to establish a CSO forum to support the development of a National Forest and Climate Change Strategy through the REDD+ National Programme. Members were drawn and self-selected from social and environmental non-government organizations and local community members (representing Forest User Groups). The members elected to call the forum the “Forests and Sustainable Development Forum”.

The forum will provide a link between the civil society and the development of the National REDD+ Strategy. In addition, the forum will be strengthened in the future and will be supported in its role to undertake advocacy on issues of concern for civil society, such as forest user group advocacy for policy change, supporting CSOs in interacting with the government of Mongolia, strengthening private sector enterprise links to forest user groups, and in fund raising.

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There was excellent participation and feedback from around 60 representatives from civil society, social and environmental NGOs, international organizations, and Forest User Group representatives, local communities and private sector entities from Ulaanbaatar city, Darkhan-Uul, Uvurkhangai, Khentii, Bulgan, Zavkhan, Arkhangai, Selenge, Uvs, Tuv and Khuvsgul provinces.   As a result of the workshop 18 members were selected by applying pre-selected criteria, from civil society, social and environmental NGOs, international organizations, and Forest User Group representatives, local communities and the private sector to form the “Forests and Sustainable Development Forum” for REDD+ in Mongolia (four representatives from Forest User Groups, five representatives from local communities, four from form civil society, and four from local NGOs.  One of the local NGOs is a representative of Forest Enterprises in Mongolia and another represents Forest User Groups, of which there are around 1000).  

The first official meeting of the “Forests and Sustainable Development Forum” was organized the next day, 2 November 2016.   One representative was self-selected to the UN-REDD Programme Executive Board and two representatives were selected to participate in the Technical Working Group on Policies and Strategies.  All members agreed to give their comments on next year’s draft UN-REDD workplan.

To learn more about the UN-REDD Programme’s work in Mongolia, visit the country page here 
or to know more about the REDD+ Programme Mongolia, visit the national REDD+ website here.

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