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 Forest-Sustainable Development Council. The Forest-Sustainable Development Council includes members from 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)
The council was established as the primary mechanism to facilitate direct input from civil society to the implementation of the National Program. Council serves as the principal outreach and communication platform for the development of the National REDD+ Strategy, and later serve to provide civil society inputs during the Strategy’s implementation.
The Council’s role is 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.