The project has three (3) components.
Component 1: National Capacity Building and Awareness Raising
This component will support national or local organizations from eligible countries, representing CSOs and LCs to implement national level capacity building activities. ANSAB will issue a call for proposals to civil society and LC organizationsin the six countries to submit national capacity building proposals for Component 1 and will provide general guidance in the conceptualization and design of capacity building programs.
Under this component, the activities should enable participants to:
- Understand the phenomenon and impacts of climate change on civil society and LC, including the issues of land tenure, land/forest management, non-carbon benefits, carbon accounting/ Monitoring Reporting and Verification (MRV), locally-based sustainable livelihoods, and governance issues in the context of REDD+ Readiness;
- Understand the REDD+ mechanism, including its threats and opportunities for civil society and LC, and allow communities to voice their concerns and objectives;
- Realize civil society and LC’s respective roles and responsibilities related to climate change mitigation and adaptation through sustainable management of forest and other resources;
- Participate in REDD+ processes, including national Strategic Environmental and Social Assessments (SESAs), Safeguards Information Systems (SIS), and community-level monitoring and reporting;
- Affirm the need for a rights-based and ecosystem approach to climate change;
- Conduct monitoring of national REDD+ activities; and
- Determine the ways forward vis-à-vis REDD+ and other international processes and measures.
ANSAB will coordinate the implementation of activities as consultancies in accordance with the processes and procedures as specified in the Operational Manual. The criteria for proponent organizations and eligible activities are elaborated in the next section of this Operational Manual.
Parallel to these activities, the project will finance activities that strengthen the capacities of the civil society and LC organizations to participate in the implementation of REDD+ Readiness actions.This would entail joint meetings of the selected organizations with national REDD+ decision makers to present their projects and their achievements and discuss mechanisms for civil society engagement. These activities will be planned and carried out as part of approved capacity building consultancies.
Component 2: Regional Exchange and Sharing of Lessons Learned
The focus of Component 2 funding will be the setting up and maintenance of a webpage for regional knowledge sharing and learning in particular, and a regional exchange workshop for the ten FCPF member countries, using existing platforms and knowledge products.
ANSAB will set up and maintain a REDD+ webpage on its organizational website by compiling relevant information on regional issues of interest, REDD+ manuals, activities carried out by ANSAB and other prominent regional organizations, links to REDD+ projects and websites with useful knowledge products, recent publications, and details on the capacity building consultancies funded under Component 1, their performance and lessons learned/good practices. All the information will be publicly available and actively communicated to CSO and LC organizations in the region using ANSAB’s distribution lists.
ANSAB will also convene a regional learning and exchange workshop which will serve to: (i) disseminate available REDD+ knowledge products, including deliverables of Phase I and Phase II of the CBP; (ii) share lessons learned, good practices and recommendations from capacity building and awareness raising activities under Component 1; and (iii) provide training of trainers on selected topics. The workshop will bring together representatives of civil society and LC organizations, REDD+ Focal Points of the Asia and Pacific FCPF countries and civil society observers from the FCPF and related initiatives (such as the UN-REDD Program). Invitations will also be extended to representatives of donors who fund relevant programs, members of the academia, government representatives, IPOs, representatives of relevant regional institutions such as UN-REDD, Green Climate Fund, the UN Convention on Biodiversity (UNCBD) and global process such as the UNFCCC. The workshop will include a side event that will discuss challenges and good practices related to women and youth participation and representation in the REDD+ Readiness process.
Component 3: Management, M&E and Reporting
Administration, M&E and Operational costs: This component will finance incremental human and administrative costs of ANSAB while implementing the project, including but not limited to consultancies proposal review, risk assessments, fund disbursements, procurement and financial management of the grant funds, monitoring and evaluation and reporting, operation of a grievance redress mechanism, any training for project staff and safeguard compliance.
Equipment: The component will finance for the procurement of one laptop computer.
External audit: As a Bank requirement, an independent external auditor will be contracted to give an opinion whether the financial statements give a true and fair view of the financial position at project completion, and an appraisal on the reliability and effectiveness of management and financial control systems and recommendations to improve these, if any.