Forest Carbon Partnership Facility Capacity-Building Program: Lessons Learned and Recommendations

The Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) Capacity-Building Program (CBP) provides forest-dependent Indigenous Peoples (IPs), other forest dwellers (OFDs), and southern civil society organizations (CSOs) with information about reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation and fostering conservation, sustainable management of forests, and enhancement of forest carbon stocks in developing countries (REDD+) in order to increase their understanding of REDD+ and enable them to engage meaningfully in implementation of REDD+ readiness activities.

To mark the CBPs tenth anniversary, FCPF commissioned Conservation International (CI) to conduct an internal review of what has worked well and what could be strengthened further. This is particularly timely because the CBP was recently extended for two years, until December 2022, with additional funding, bringing the total to USD15 million: USD2 million in Phase 1 (2009-16), USD8 million in Phase 2 (2016-20), and USD5 million in Phase 3 (2020-22).

The CI review found that the CBP successfully and efficiently raised awareness on REDD+, establishing dialogues between different stakeholders in countries, and enhancing inclusion of marginalized and disadvantaged groups in the REDD+ discourse. These findings will help inform the design of the next phase of the program, as well as other initiatives aimed at supporting Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities (IPLCs) in engaging with REDD+ activities.

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