CIVIL SOCIETY/LOCAL COMMUNITY FORUM FOR REDD+ in MONGOLIA ESTABLISHED

The Ministry of Environment and Tourism together with the UN-REDD Mongolia National Programme seek to establish a CSO forum with its members drawn from governance, social & environmental non-government organizations, and from local community to:

  • Propose a framework to assist civil society stakeholders to self-identify their representation and establish a CSO Forum, and to coordinate it with existing forums in the related field; and
  • Establish appropriate link between the CSO Forum, PEB, PMU, and Technical Working Groups.

A second consultation meeting on establishing Civil Society and local community forum for REDD+ in Mongolia was held on November 01, 2016 at the Meeting Hall, Bishrelt Hotel, Ulaanbaatar.

The key discussion objectives of consultation meeting were:

  • Finalization of terms of reference and membership for CSO/LC Forum;
  • Self-selection process of the CSO/LC Forum members by voting from each field.

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 sectors 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 selected criteria from civil society, social and environmental NGOs, international organizations, and Forest User Group representatives, local communities and private sectors to form namely “Forest-Sustainable Development Council” platform for REDD+ in Mongolia (4 rep. from FUGs, 5 rep. from local community, 4 rep. form civil society, 4 rep. from NGOs).

First official meeting of the “Forest-Sustainable Development Council” were organized next day in November 02, 2016.

Purpose of the meeting:

  • Discussion of draft Workplan for the first half year of 2017;
  • Selection process of the CSO/LC Forum representatives for Programme PEB and TWG

One representative were self-selected to PEB and two representatives were selected to TWG on Policies & Strategies. All members agreed to give their comments on next year draft workplan.

Scope of the work for “Forest-Sustainable Development Council”:

  • To raise concerns of the civil society stakeholders, in particular, on issues relating to reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, and the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks for further discussion at the national level; and
  • To strengthen and empower CSO/NGO network members and build their capacity for engaging in REDD+ related policies and practice;
  • To strengthen the CSO/NGO Network members for working with international donors, and to improve capacity for engagement with future REDD+ or forest programs with international funding
  • Ensure that the rights of local and forest-dependent communities are being protected and benefit from REDD+ projects
  • To ensure that gender and ethnic minority (indigenous people) issues are incorporated into the REDD+ National Action plan through discourse, policy recommendations and communication.