Civil Society Representation

Mongolia is committed to ensuring that civil society and local communities are included in the decision-making structures for REDD+, including in the National REDD+ Taskforce. The main mechanism for this will be through Civil Society Organization(CSO) Forum which is known as the Sustainable Development Council. The Sustainable Development Council has nominated one representative to sit on the Taskforce. Members of the council include civil society groups, environmental groups, Forest User Groups (FUGs), forest dependent Indigenous Peoples (IPs), women’s groups and ethnic minorities and other non-government sector interests. This council is self-organized and independently managed by the members.

Forest-Sustainable Development Council (FSDC)

 As mentioned above, the CSO/LC Forum has been established as the primary mechanism to facilitate direct input from civil society to the implementation of the Roadmap. The CSO/LC will also serves as the principal outreach and communication platform for the development of the National REDD+ Strategy, and later serve to provide CSO/LC input during the Strategy’s implementation.

Members of the Forum l include civil society groups, environmental groups,FUGs, forest dependent Indigenous Peoples (IPs), women’s groups and ethnic minorities and other non-government sector interests. This Forum will be self-organized and independently managed by the members. The forum was established on , and is named the Sustainable Development Council.

The Council’s rolewill be to:

  • Ensure REDD+ policy dialogue and the formulation of Mongolia’s National REDD+ Strategy reflects the opinions and concerns of its members;
  • Facilitate networking between civil society and local community groups;
  • Exchange information and lessons learned on REDD+;
  • Assist with capacity-building;
  • Act as a first point of reference for all REDD+ consultation processes and validation requirements; and
  • Participate in monitoring compliance with social and environmental safeguards.

Forest-Sustainable Development Council (CSO forum) of UN-REDD Mongolia National Programme 

Aims

  1. To provide inputs from civil society into the development of the National REDD+ Strategy;
  2. To raise concerns of the civil society stakeholders;
  3. To create a forum that can raise advocacy and policy issues from bottom up;
  4. To strengthen the CSO/NGO members and to improve capacity for engagement with future REDD+ or forest programs.

Membership

FUG – 4 members (Darkhan-Uul, Selenge, Uvurkhangai, Zavkhan province)
Local NGO, private sector & community – 5 members (Khuvsgul, Uvs, Tuv, Orkhon & Khentii province)

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First half year activities

  • FSDC meetings
    3 time meeting on selection of FSDC secretary, representatives to PEB, TWG and about workplan discussion.
  • Civil Society input in:
    Policies and Measures
    Safeguard – Risk and Benefits
    Social Inclusion
  • Capacity Building & Awareness Raising
    Open Day in Uvs province
    Capacity Building in Project Management

Future activities

  • FSDC inputs in REDD+ policy development
  • Capacity Building activities
  • Open Days
  • Policy Advocacy
  • Law Review
  • Donor forum for FSDC members
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