Wednesday In Lima: Indigenous Organizations To Propose Use Of Life Plan Success As Benchmark For REDD+

Peruvian indigenous organization FENAMAD says it’s time to start using indigenous life plans as a benchmark of REDD+ success. On Wednesday, they will present their ideas at a side event in Lima.

1 December 2014 | Indigenous people across the Amazon have created “Life Plans” to dock their traditional economies and ways of life with the global economy, and a small but growing number of them have begun to use REDD+, (reducing emissions from forest deforestation and degradation) to jump-start those programs. As climate negotiators gather in Lima to map out the role of REDD in a global climate regime, the Amarakaeri Communal Reserve of Peru and the Federación Nativa del Río Madre de Dios y Afluentes (FENAMAD), have proposed using the success of Life Plans as a benchmark in the success of REDD.

Life plans must be records of community management, built jointly in a process of reflection, where the ancient vision of the indigenous people is then used to build development and arrange work strategies. Life plans have become a fundamental instrument for territorial governance, be it political, social, economic or cultural.

FENAMAD has worked in coordination with COINBAMAD, the indigenous council that covers a portion of the Madre de Dios region, and COHARYIMA, another indigenous organization, to build a collective methodology for regarding the lives of the native communities. The methodology is used in drawing up a life plan and ensures the process is in-depth. Unlike NGOs or private institutions that lack a deep understanding of the indigenous communities resulting in a development plan that lacks the indigenous element, FENAMAD’s methodology involves the local groups. Often, the outside group generates great expectations but fails to deliver.

The organization says it aims to work strategically with community leaders to develop viable holistic management and an indigenous economy. Its plan also includes a learning-based approach to resource conservation where local people-either indigenous or not-make the final decisions.

The proposal will be the central focus of a 10am side event in Lima on Wednesday, December 3, FENEMAD will host a side event to explore the role of indigenous life plans in REDD+ in the Indigenous Pavilion.

Objectives

• Analyze and reflect on the indigenous territory and the role of the management plans

• Consider Indigenous REDD (REDD + indigenous Amazonian, or “RIA”) as a medium and tool for the life plans implementation drawing from indigenous experience

Methodology

There will be 2 exhibitions on the guiding framework and a panel discussion.

A first exhibition details the importance of RIA in the life plan implementation. This exhibition will also generate follow-up questions for the panel discussion:

• What are the characteristics of the PV with respect to other conventional planning or development plans?

• How can life plans be taken into consideration by local or regional governments?

• How can life plans become part of public policy?

A second exhibition will reflect on the role of life plans in the managed indigenous territories. This exhibition will generate the following questions for the panel discussion:

• Is it important for indigenous communities to have its life plan developed before deciding to implement REDD activities?

• If another community is about to begin its life plan process, what recommendations would you give them?

• How can the life plans be understood by everyone in the community-both men and women?

The panel discussion, represented by three indigenous people, will follow the exhibitions. Each panel member shall respond to the questions asked in the context of the case study they’re presenting on.

Finally the session closes with an expert discussing final key thoughts.

Messages

•    Life plans must be inclusive. The plans should be included in national climate strategies for in each country of the region.

•    Life plans must be efficient, effective and sustainable. They must address mitigation and adaptation and also incorporate social and economic resilience.

•    RIA proposals contemplate the development and implementation of life plans from every nation and territory. They are based on traditional knowledge, culture and identity. We call on governments to argue for the <a target=”_blank” href=” http://unfccc.int/resource/docs/2014/smsn/ngo/412.pdf “>adaptation of REDD (of each national strategy)</a> and for the indigenous life plans.

Agenda

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Duration

Session

Responsible

1

5 minutes

Welcome

President de ORAU

2

15 minutes

RIA as key element in the implementation of life plans

  • What are the characteristics of the PV with respect to other conventional planning or development plans?
  • How can life plans be taken into consideration by local or regional governments?
  • How can life plans become part of public policy?

Fermín Chimatani – ECA RCA

4

15 minutes

Reflections on the role of life plans in managed territory

  • Is it important for indigenous communities to have its life plan developed before deciding to implement REDD activities?
  • If another community is about to begin its life plan process, what recommendations would you give them?
  • How can the life plans be understood by everyone in the community-both men and women?

Chris Van Dam – Forest Trends/AIME

   

Panel Discussion

 

  • La Federación Nativa de Comunidades Cacataibo – <a target=”_blank” href=”
    http://fenacoca.blogspot.com/”>FENACOCA</a>
  • Federación de Comunidades Nativas de Purús- <a target=”_blank” href=”
    http://servindi.org/pdf/FECONAPU_PURUS.pdf”>FECONAPU</a>
  • Federación Nativa del Rio Madre de Dios y Afluentes – <a target=”_blank” href=”
    http://www.ecoturismowanamei.com/espanol/resena_fenamad.php “>FENAMAD</a>
 

5

20 minutes

Final thoughts: Challenges, articulations and key messages

Miguel Macedo – Unidad de Apoyo ICAA

 

Steve Zwick

I edit Ecosystem Marketplace, which is a news service focused on environmental finance. With this blog, I hope to offer coverage that is a bit lighter and more holistic than what we offer on EM.

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