The global dialogue of the indigenous peoples, local communities and southern civil society organizations was organized by FCPF in Washington DC from November 7 to 9, 2019. During the dialogue, Dr. Bhishma Subedi, ANSAB’s Executive Director, presented the impacts on national REDD+ readiness process of the FCPF capacity building program for CSOs and LCs in Asia Pacific. After sharing some of the specific impact stories, Dr. Subedi highlighted the key gaps, challenges and areas of action that need to be undertaken for the successful implementation of REDD+ programs, especially during the emission reduction phase. ANSAB also provided the knowledge products developed by the project, moderated group works to identify lessons and best practices relevant to REDD+ implementation, and contributed to the discussion and prioritization exercise for setting the direction for further support to indigenous peoples, local communities and southern civil society organizations to engage in FCPF REDD+ Programs beyond 2020.

The Asia Pacific level REDD+ Regional Workshop was organized by ANSAB from August 5 to 7, 2019 in Kathmandu as part of the FCPF-Capacity Building on REDD+ for Civil Society Organizations and Local Communities in East Pacific and the Pacific Region Project. The objective of the workshop was to i) exchange first-hand learning and sharing of experiences from the civil society organizations implementing the REDD+ capacity building sub-projects in Fiji and Vietnam, ii) share and discuss the broader experience from country/regional level capacity building of CSOs and LCs on REDD+; and agree on: the key lessons learned, best practices and next steps in building capacity of the civil society and local communities in the region. Over 40 individuals representing the government and civil society organizations from eleven FCPF Asia Pacific countries, international and regional level organizations, and the current and past FCPF CSO observers in the region participated the workshop.