FCPF CSO Voting (Asia/Pacific) (English)

INSTRUCTIONS • Please only vote for the region which your Civil Society Organization (CSO) is in. THIS FORM IS FOR CSOS IN ASIA/PACIFIC ONLY. If your CSO is in a different region, please check the explanatory e-mail for the right form. - CSOs were selected as candidates based on the following criteria. Please see this criteria via the link below to make your decision: https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B302oHn1jDdmM2NkYTc0MmItYjRhZC00NzQxLTk4Y2QtZDU4YTc5MjcyZGU3 • Your CSO is allowed ONLY ONE VOTE. • If your CSO includes multiple country offices in the same region, only ONE VOTE PER REGION will be counted. (For example, if your organization has multiple country offices throughout Africa, those offices must jointly decide which country office will submit a vote in the African region, and for which candidates.) Below, is a description of the candidates. Please scroll down to vote for your preferred candidate. 1. THE CENTER FOR PEOPLES AND FORESTS, VIETNAM (RECOFTC) www.recoftc.org CAPACITY AND EXPERIENCE RECOFTC works on a variety of climate change projects in general and in REDD+ in specific, helping local people in Asia and the Pacific play an active role in climate change mitigation and adaptation. RECOFTC works for People, Forests, and Climate Change by: - Identifying and analyzing opportunities, constraints, and risks: We offer reliable, balanced, and informative resources on climate change, especially relating to REDD+ and local people. - Updating and training key actors: We help governments, indigenous people and local communities, practitioners, and investors to develop the knowledge and skills needed to make well-informed and appropriate decisions. - Advocating for local people’s interests: At the very minimum, REDD+ should do no harm to local people. Ideally, it should enhance their livelihoods. Using strategic communications, we help to ensure that the voice of local people is heard and acted upon. - Developing best practices: We test and enhance tools, methods, and approaches for effectively and fairly engaging local people in REDD+ initiatives. - Providing advice and technical support: We work with partners throughout the region to ensure that the lessons of community forestry are applied in REDD+ projects. PROJECTS AND ACTIVITIES - Grassroots Capacity Building for REDD aims to build local forest stakeholder capacity to effectively engage in REDD+ planning and implementation through subnational and national training. This four-year project is supported by Norad and is active in Indonesia, Lao PDR, Nepal, and Vietnam. - REDD-Net is a network working with southern civil society to champion the interests of the poor in REDD+. Through the analysis of key issues and the development of tools to shape REDD+ policies and projects, it supports national-level climate change networks around the world. RECOFTC is the Asia-Pacific coordinator for this Overseas Development Institute–led global effort. - REDD Learning Network shares the latest REDD+ knowledge, best practices, and critical issues with a select group of government officials and other influencers from eight Asia-Pacific countries. It aims to help ensure that the potential benefits for improved forest management are realized as rapidly as possible. The network is part of the USAID-funded Responsible Asia Forest and Trade (RAFT) initiative and is led by The Nature Conservancy. - Advisory services are available upon request. During 2009-2010, RECOFTC contributed in UN-REDD study on REDD+ compliant benefit-sharing mechanisms and helped with the verification and evaluation of its Free Prior and Informed Consent Program (FPIC). With Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) in 2009, we delivered three national workshops to bring forestry stakeholders up to speed on REDD+ issues. In collaboration with the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ), RECOFTC has developed guidelines and a training manual to shape local consultation processes for obtaining FPIC in REDD. Other activities include strategically advocating for pro-poor REDD+ wherever we can add value. Some examples include UNFCCC submissions, the RECOFTC blog, and various briefs, which keep thousands of stakeholders in the loop on the international climate negotiations. RECOFTC is also actively involved in national REDD+ working groups. In Vietnam, RECOFTC has been active involved in national REDD+ process. It main purpose has been to make REDD+ work for the local forest people, particularly through the development of REDD+ policy. In 2009, RECOFTC contributed to the REDD+ compliant benefit distribution study (mentioned above). In 2010, it evaluated and verified the process and outcome of FPIC process under Vietnam UN-REDD Program. It also contributed actively in the preparation of the RPP for Vietnam in 2010. RECOFTC has been actively involved REDD+ policy development through participation in in national REDDnet as well as REDD+ working groups on location implementation, on benefit sharing, private sector involvement and governance. It also participated in working group on MRV. Currently, RECOFTC is preparing to help Vietnamese Administration of Forestry to develop the safeguards for REDD+ that work for Vietnam. Moreover, RECOFTC is a lead organization in capacity building in REDD+, through various funding opportunities, it has provided awareness raising and capacity building in REDD+ for government organizations and civil society organizations with the aim to provider further outreach to local communities. It is the only organization working so far in Vietnam in the preparation of REDD+ capacity building needs assessment." REPRESENTATIVENESS In Vietnam, RECOFTC is the representative of International NGOs group in in the Steering Committee of Vietnam Forest Sector Support Partnership (FSSP). To represent different views and interests of all INGOs in forestry sector, RECOFTC communicate frequently before and after any event related to the FSSP steering committee and make sure their views are collected and addressed. CONFLICTS OF INTEREST RECOFTC has been involved in the FCPF work at the national level through contribution to the RPIN and RPP preparation. COMMUNICATION RECOFTC is known as an information hub in the region. It will use the existing dissemination channels (e.g. mailing lists, network, websites) for dissemination of information on FCPF issues. NUMBER OF YEARS IN EXISTENCE 25 ENGLISH FLUENCY Fluent 2. HUMA Indonesia (Huma) www.huma.or.id CAPACITY AND EXPERIENCE We are contributing in designing national strategy on REDD+, particularly in safeguards. A document of FPIC that has been proposed by National Forestry Council was a part of our intervention especially series of public dialogue among the main stakeholders. National NGOs with whom we work with are WALHI, AMAN, Debt Watch, Warsi, Pusaka. While, regional NGOs are Greenpeace south east asia, AIPP, NTFP, etc COMMUNICATION #1 Yes we have 24 hour internet access and we can manage time to participate in teleconference any time. But if it happens at the same time with national agenda on REDD+, we'll divide roles and someone of us will join the teleconference. COMMUNICATION #2 We have many networking at regional level in our country and our organization is a member of accra caucus, one of the biggest global south coalition in climate negotiation. In setting up national strategy on REDD+, including RPP we had an experience in gathering input, comments from networking to influence national strategy. REPRESENTATIVENESS Our organization for 5 years experience as a knot of more than 10 organizations for forestry policy reform. In climate change issue, we had an experience organizing public inputs for improving public consultation of RPP in Indonesia. What we did was compiling networking's input and after a first draft we sent them back to get their final endorsement. And it was justified as a common document. CONFLICTS OF INTEREST We are an independent organization and not a part or bound to political coalition of government and not even funded by multilateral donors. Our engagement in global issues is basically initiated and subjected to our field experience working with communities. OTHER LANGUAGES Melayu 3. NATIONAL FORUM FOR ADVOCACY NEPAL (NAFAN) www.acofun.org CAPACITY AND EXPERIENCE National Network; ACOFUN (it is network of collaborative forest user Groups), FECOFUN ( it is a network of 15000 community forest user groups), NAFAN is a advocacy network, Gender and Climate change network, Youth federation of Nepal, REDD CSOs Alliance etc. Regional level; REDD+ net, Asia, ACCRA caucus,RECOFTC. COMMUNICATION # 1 Yes any time, we can use internet. our representative has skype, yahoo and other means. COMMUNICATION # 2 "Yes, Mr. Bhola Bhattarai has the past experiences. He had done it before, when he was in FIP sub committee and SCF sub committee observer from the south. we can use email, skype and some time we can use our regular forum to collect feed back from members and networks. It will be twoway approaches." REPRESENTATIVENESS First of all, we have to know the context of different countries. we have to develop or continue our linkages with reputed organizations to collect information. after that we have to synthesize the feedback. we have to collect position papers of the networks so that we can develop common position among the groups. CONFLICTS OF INTEREST "My organization is the main right holder as well as stakeholder in FCPF process. In the past we were involved in FCPF/RPP development process. Now, we are organizing series of capacity building w/s and trainings to local stakeholders." LANGUAGES Hindi ENGLISH FLUENCY Fluent
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