The DGM hosted 29 IPLCs from Asia in Chiang Mai, Thailand!

The Dedicated Grant Mechanism hosted the third of four international exchanges focusing on IPLC engagement in climate policy and finance!

The Asia Regional Exchange on IPLC engagement in Climate Change and Policy took place from Friday February 10th  until Monday, February 13th, 2017 in Chiang Mai, Thailand.  The objectives of the workshop were to: (1) Strengthen the capacity of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities (IPLCs) to participate in the Forest Investment Program and other REDD+ programs at local, national and global levels. (2) Strengthen the networks and alliances of IPLC organizations within and across Asia region with a view to enhancing their representation and voice in national, regional and global policy fora. Highlights included a deep dive into REDD+, UNFCCC and the Paris Agreement, and the Green Climate Fund; a stakeholder mapping session that identified opportunities and challenges for IPLC engagement in climate related actions, and a field trip to Muang Ang Village to see first hand a REDD+ pilot project

We had 29 representatives from indigenous and local communities from 10 countries throughout Asia! 

 

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DGM indigenous peoples and local community leaders at COP22 in Marrakesh

Indigenous peoples and local community leaders from around the world came to Marrakesh to contribute to the agenda for the action of Paris Agreement. The Dedicated Grant Mechanism for Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities has coordinated the participation of 8 leaders from Asia, Africa and Latin America prepared to focus on providing inputs mainly related to Climate Finance, NDCs, NWP, Adaptation as well as Lulucf, agriculture among other important topics.

In preparation for their participation at COP22, the GSC delegation has actively participated in the DGM Global Workshop on Climate Policy and Finance and the International Indigenous Peoples Forum on Climate Change. GSC members will be sharing the implementation experience in several events in the blue and green zone of COP22, in an effort to demonstrate how IPLCs are strengthening their experiences to contribute for climate action after the Paris Agreement.

Further, the delegation will be meeting daily to exchange information gathered while observing the negotiations and provide updates on decisions made during the sessions relevant to IPLC issues. 

Where to find the DGM at COP22

The DGM will be participating in two side events at the Indigenous Peoples' and Communities Pavilion (Green Zone):

The benefits of global climate funds and the engagement of iplcs in climate action, with case studies from the dgm and the fcpf capacity building in africa

Date: 7 November 2016

Time: 15:45 - 17:15

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PANEL ON CAPACITY BUILDING FOR IPLCS TO ENGAGE IN ADAPTATION AND MITIGATION ACTIVITIES

Date: 14 November 2016

Time: 12:30 - 14:30

The event will present capacity building initiatives for indigenous peoples and local communities to help them gain direct access to climate funds. Speakers from DGM country projects in Peru, Democratic Republic of Congo, Indonesia, and Burkina Faso will explain the background of this initiative and highlight focus areas where communities are benefiting from DGM funding. They will also share the status of projects being implemented in their respective countries and the types of climate-related activities that have been prioritized by communities in these countries.

DGM Global Exchange on IPLC Engagement in Climate Policy & Finance kicks off!

The DGM Global Executing Agency is hosting a Global Exchange on IPLC engagement in Climate Policy & Finance.  This workshop will take place Wednesday, November 2 to Friday, November 4, 2016 in Marrakesh, Morocco; 22 indigenous peoples and local community representatives from 15 countries throughout Asia, Latin America, and Africa have been invited. The objectives of the workshop are to strengthen the capacity of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities (IPLCs) in topics related to UNFCCC, Paris Agreement, NDCs, Climate Finance and the Green Climate Fund and strengthen the networks and alliances of IPLC organizations in order to enhance their contribution in the debate of definition of policies, guidelines and implementation representation and participation in the climate finance arena. More information about DGM global and regional trainings can be found here.

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Updates on DGM World Conservation Congress events

The DGM participated in two events at the World Conservation Congress in Hawaii:

Accessing Global Financing: Funding Opportunities for Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities

Room: 314-UNDP Kauhale

Date: 4 September 2016

Time: 08:30 - 10:30

The DGM will join the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the GEF Small Grants Programme (GEF SGP), and the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF), as well as several foundations, at this roundtable focused on sharing financing options for indigenous peoples and local communities, and how financing opportunities can be expanded, increased and enhanced to better target indigenous peoples and local community needs and aspirations. For more information, visit the WCC 2016 site here.

 

Dedicated Grant Mechanism: Providing indigenous peoples with direct access to climate funds to strengthen conservation initiatives within their territories and communities

Room: 311-10

Date: 4 September 2016

Time: 14:30 - 16:30

This Knowledge Cafe session will provide participants with an opportunity to discuss topics including:

  • What opportunities exist now for IPLCs to access direct funds?
  • What do you think are the most challenging issues/concerns for IPLC in the direct access to funds? (Process, language barrier, need for training – capacity building, etc?)
  • What do IPLCs need to strengthen in their organizations capacities in order to receive and manage funds?

For more information, visit the WCC 2016 site here.

First DGM Regional Training held in Burkina Faso from 19-23 July

The DGM Global Executing Agency, in coordination with IUCN-Burkina Faso (the National Executing Agency for DGM Burkina Faso), hosted the Africa regional training on climate change in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso from the 19th to the 23rd of July, 2016. Thirty-four participants representing 12 African countries and three African IPLC regional networks attended the workshop.

The objectives of the workshop were two-fold: first, to strengthen the capacity of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities (IPLCs) to participate in the Forest Investment Program and other REDD+ programs at the local, national and global levels and second, to strengthen the networks and partnerships of IPLC organizations within and across the region to enhance their representation in regional and global policy fora.

During the workshop, the GEA facilitated a mapping exercise with the workshop participants, which will be used as part of a social network analysis to allow for better understanding of how information and resources move through networks of individuals and institutions in the region.  Participants also learned more about climate change, REDD+, and the UNFCCC, and visited with provincial government officials and local communities in Sapouy (a little more than 100 km south of Ougadougou) to learn more about sustainable forest management techniques being utilized there. On the final day of the training, participants received training on negotiation skills from Samuel Dotse, a civil society advisor for the Ghana delegation in UNFCCC negotiations.

View the workshop materials here: ENGLISH | PORTUGUÉS | FRANÇAIS

For more pictures from the training, visit the DGM Global Facebook page.  Read local coverage of the workshop and opening ceremony on LeFaso.net (in French).

DGM Global Steering Committee members and FIP National Focal Points speak at FIP Country Pilot Meeting

Vince McElhinny (left), moderated a panel on the DGM with, from left: Marco Aurelio dos Santor (FIP Focal Point, Brazil), Manuel Aldrete (DGM Global Steering Committee, Mexico), Ibrahim Lankoande (FIP Focal Point, Burkina Faso), Marilen Puguio Arturo, (DGM Global Steering Committee, Peru), Grace Balawag (Co-chair of the Global Steering Committee for the DGM, Philippines).          

Vince McElhinny (left), moderated a panel on the DGM with, from left: Marco Aurelio dos Santor (FIP Focal Point, Brazil), Manuel Aldrete (DGM Global Steering Committee, Mexico), Ibrahim Lankoande (FIP Focal Point, Burkina Faso), Marilen Puguio Arturo, (DGM Global Steering Committee, Peru), Grace Balawag (Co-chair of the Global Steering Committee for the DGM, Philippines).          

As part of the 2016 FIP Pilot Country Meeting in Oaxaca, Mexico, DGM members organized a panel on Monday, June 13, highlighting the “Implementation of the DGM in FIP Pilot Countries.” Moderated by Vince McElhinny from Conservation International, the DGM Global Executing Agency, the panel brought together stakeholders involved in the design and implementation of the DGM at the national and global levels.   The exchange focused on the role of IPLCs in the sustainable management and conservation of forests, particularly in within the FIP investment plan. Speakers discussed progress in establishing the DGM at the national and global levels, the first projects financed by the DGM in Peru and Brazil, and opportunities for collaboration/coordination between the DGM and other FIP-funded projects.

The lively exchange between government, indigenous and local community stakeholders in the DGM highlighted the positive advances, some early lessons, and the overall significance of the IPLC-led initiative within the Forest Investment Program, and beyond.  

Read more about the FIP meeting on the CIF Voices blog here.

DGM Side Event at the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

Indigenous peoples participants from Asia, Africa, Latin America and Russia  at the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues attended a side event hosted by the DGM titled “Illustrating how direct funds governed by IPLCs can contribute to adaptation, mitigation, and conflict resolution” at the UN Headquarters in New York City on May 13, 2016.

The DGM Global Steering Committee (GSC) Co-Chair from the Philippines was present alongside one of the DGM GSC representatives from Peru, and the Director of the DGM Global Executing Agency (GEA). Together, the three presented the objectives and status of the DGM at the international level and at the country level through the example of Peru.

The Co-Chair presented the history, objectives, governance, and implementation structure of the DGM as a unique example of direct financing for Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities (IPLCs) in the domain of climate finance. The representative from Peru presented an overview of the progress and challenges encountered in establishing the Peru DGM country project, which along with the DGM Brazil country project, is one of the first two projects to launch on-the-ground activities. In Peru, the first call for proposals led by indigenous peoples in the Amazon to receive sub-grants to fund activities for land titling has recently finished, and sub-grantees will be finalized soon.

The participants raised questions on the consultation process for the projects as the funds come from the World Bank, and the Peru representative explained that in Peru they have proposals that are prepared and requested by indigenous peoples and they implemented their own consultation systems. A woman of Maya people emphasized the need to include elders in the communications process of DGM. Maria Eugenia Choque one of the experts of the Permanent Forum called to work towards an international standard for consultation processes which includes free prior and informed consent (FPIC)..

Presentations were followed by a discussion, led by the GEA Director, to explore topics that could be important to exchange in regional trainings in Latin America, Asia, and Africa; participants from Honduras and Nicaragua stated that they can share with DGM their experience on territorial governance and community bio cultural protocols.  The session closed with the emphasis that, in the words of the Co-Chair, the DGM is designed by IPLCs for IPLCs, and IPLCsstrongly negotiated the DGM with the World Bank  as a pilot and example of how direct financing can increase the participation and contributions of IPLCs.

 

Posted by the GEA.

DGM Grievance Redress Mechanism and Complaints Procedure is active

In late April, the DGM Global Steering Committee approved a DGM Grievance and Redress Mechanism and Complaints Procedure at their 2nd annual meeting in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo. The operation of a Grievance Redress Mechanism (GRM) is a core accountability commitment of the DGM, and the Global Steering Committee will implement the mechanism in close coordination with DGM National Steering Committees participating in the program.

In the role of Global Executing Agency for the DGM, Conservation International (CI) will facilitate the GRM operation on behalf of the GSC, with Johnson Cerda, the DGM Director for CI, as the primary GEA contact for the receipt of any complaints. Complaints may be submitted by telephone, email, regular mail, text or in person, after which the GEA will follow-up in a timely manner. Eligibility is limited to IPLCs living in regions of tropical forest country that are targeted by the DGM projects in those countries. Complaints related to the country projects may be addressed to the NEA for each country. 

As a decision-making body comprised primarily of indigenous peoples and local communities, the DGM Global Steering Committee operation of a GRM sets an important precedent: Indigenous peoples and local communities across 14 countries will operate a grievance redress mechanism in ways that incorporate customary decision making and conflict resolution procedures already existing in most indigenous territories.  The DGM will also report on the implementation of the GRM procedure at the global and country levels as part of managing the DGM monitoring and evaluation framework.

The GRM procedure was designed in coordination with the DGM National Steering Committees to seek consistency in the design and application of grievance mechanism at the global and country levels of the DGM.  These emerging good practice examples in grievance redress led by indigenous peoples will influence the design of further project-level mechanisms elsewhere.

DGM Brazil:  Centro de Agricultura Alternativa do Norte de Minas (CAA/NM) 

DGM Burkina Faso: IUCN Burkina Faso

DGM Democratic Republic of Congo:  Caritas DRC

DGM Indonesia: Samdhana Institute

DGM Peru:World Wildlife Fund Peru

Written by CI as the Global Executing Agency.

Successful GSC meeting and country project ceremony held in Kinshasa

The Second Annual DGM Global Steering Committee (GSC) Meeting was held in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) from April 25-28 alongside two events to announce the DGM country project in DRC.

At a ceremony held in Kinshasa on April 25, the DRC Chief of Cabinet of the Ministry of Environment, Conservation of Nature, and Sustainable Development was present to announce and voice support for the DGM country project in DRC. The DGM GSC Co-Chair from DRC spoke about the DGM to a group of roughly 40 stakeholders including government members. The following day, Caritas DRC signed a grant agreement with the World Bank finalizing Caritas’ role as the National Executing Agency for DRC.

The objective of the project in DRC is to strengthen the capacity of targeted Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities (IPLC) in selected territories and at the national level to participate in REDD+ oriented land and forest management activities. The project includes three components: 1) reinforce the participation of IPLCs in forest and land management processes related to REDD+; 2) support community-based sustainable forest and land management; and 3) increase the Capacity to Implement Development Activities for IPLCs and consolidate feedback.

In addition to the two events, committee Members from 9 countries convened for the Second Annual GSC meeting. Members from Burkina Faso, DRC, Ghana, Indonesia, Mexico, and Philippines were joined by observes from the DGM in Côte d’Ivoire, Mozambique, and Republic of Congo. The World Bank, Forest Investment Program, and Caritas DRC attended as observers, and Conservation International, as the Global Executing Agency, organized the meeting.

During the sessions, status updates on implementation were provided for the country projects and the global project, and Members approved the global project Year 2 Workplan and Budget (pending modifications) and a common monitoring and reporting framework for the program.  The Committee voted to form three sub-committees: a Workplan and Budget Sub-Committee; a Grievance Redress Mechanism Sub-Committee; and a Communications, Advocacy, and Outreach Subcommittee.

Delegates Arrive for the 2nd DGM Global Steering Committee Meeting

Mr. Moussele-Diseke Guy, member of Baka indigenous peoples, is one of the first delegates to arrive in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo to participate in the Second Annual DGM Global Steering Committee (GSC) Meeting. Mr. Moussele-Diseke Guy is native to the Impfondo area in the Republic of Congo, which is one of the second group of countries approved for DGM allocations by the Forest Investment Program in 2015.

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The DGM in Congo currently has an interim Steering Committee and is holding consultations with indigenous peoples to establish the DGM National Steering Committee. Mr. Moussele-Diseke Guy has participated in activities related to UNREDD and also the FCPF and believes that what has been missing from these initiatives is consultation with indigenous peoples. He is motivated that working with the DGM it will be possible to strengthen the role of indigenous peoples of the Republic of Congo in climate change and REDD+ policy discussions. In Congo, indigenous peoples have been recognized by the Law since February 2011, and the Article 1 prohibited the use of the term “Pygmy”, which was considered offensive and punishable under penal code.

The Second Annual DGM Global Steering Committee meeting will include exchange of experiences between DGM Country Projects and the Global Project, update on current and upcoming DGM activities, approval of a Program Logical Framework, and approval of the Year 2 Work Plan for the Global Project. Many activities to strengthen indigenous and local community leaders held at regional and global levels will be organized in Year 2. At the opening of the meeting, Mr. Kapupu Diwa, Co-chair of the GSC and a member of a bambuti community of the Kivu region of DRC, is encouraged by the leaders present for the event. The meeting is taking place at DRC's National Executing Agency, CARITAS, from April 25-27, 2016.  

DGM process advances in Mozambique

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Provisional National Steering Committee of the DGM Mozambique holds second national meeting

On March 30-31, 2016, 17 representatives from Mozambique’s civil society gathered in the northern city of Pemba, for the second meeting of the country’s interim National Steering Committee (NSC) of DGM. This workshop was an important milestone to bring the DGM process forward in Mozambique; as it is a platform to share and discuss what incentives and opportunities are most important and desired for forest dependent communities in Mozambique to improve forest management and their livelihoods.

In Mozambique, over 70% of the population live in rural areas and are heavily dependent on forests and natural resources for their livelihoods. Our country’s rich and dense forest and woodlands provide rural communities with numerous essential goods and services for communities’ subsistence, cash income and cultural reasons.

The interim NSC includes 15 representatives from the 3 regions of the country – North, Center, and South and is mostly represented by civil society organizations that work close with local communities. It was created after a three-month process of regional and national consultations that went on from August to November 2015 and convened more than 270 stakeholders from 10 (out of 11) provinces of the country.  In addition to civil society, the interim NSC also includes observers from the government (Ministry of Land, Environment and Rural Development), private sector, representatives from the FIP Steering Committee and the World Bank as observer – all which were selected among civil society following the regional and national consultations.  

The intense 2-day workshop included discussions on the desired objectives of the DGM in Mozambique as well as considerations for how to best establish the final NSC within the next six months including the choice of its members. In order to meet the ambitious goals of soon establishing the final NSC and working towards finding a suitable National Executing Agency (NEA), the Interim NSC are in the process of hiring an NGO or consortium of NGO to help operationalize the many tasks ahead.

 “There are a number of strategic areas that the DGM could cover. For example, the promotion of income-generating activities for communities, promotion of non-timber forest products (such as fruits, honey, roots etc.) as well as conservation agriculture and other activities "said Daniel Maula, Director of RADEZA (Network of Organizations for Environment and Sustainable Development of Zambezia).

"We are committed to ensuring the participation of women in the DGM in Mozambique and to do this we would like for women to be well represented on the final NSC” said Pedro Ferreira, of MUGEDE (Organization for Women Gender and Development) .

Participants also discussed how Mozambique could learn from other countries that are currently preparing or implementing the DGM. Two events in particular were highlighted: participation in the Global DGM meeting in Kinshasa April 25-27 and a broader FIP/DGM south-south knowledge exchange to Brazil that is taking place in May 2016. Three representatives from the Interim NSC, along with two FIP Steering Committee members, government representatives and private sector will participate in this exchange, that focuses on learning more about everything from successful models of multi-stakeholder dialogues to the process of designing and implementing the DGM in Brazil, including its decision-making mechanisms, types of eligible activities, the functioning of its funding windows and desired results.

 Building on the great work that has been done up until now, and as we conclude this workshop, it is important to remember that in order for DGM to be successful, the process going forward needs to continue to be as transparent and inclusive as possible. Because if managed well, DGM can have a transformational impact in helping to put Mozambique’s local communities’ needs at the forefront when designing initiatives to address deforestation and improve rural livelihoods.

 It is with this responsibility and confidence in mind that we continue to lead the DGM process forward.

by the Interim National Steering Committee of Mozambique


Comité Nacional de Gestão provisório do DGM de Moçambique realiza segundo encontro nacional

Dezassete representantes da Sociedade Civil de Moçambique reuniram-se na cidade nortenha de Pemba, em Cabo-Delgado, entre os dias 30 e 31 de Março de 2016 para a segunda reunião do Comité Nacional de Gestão (CNG) provisório do DGM. Este encontro foi um marco importante para conduzir o processo do DGM em Moçambique. Este grupo de trabalho é uma plataforma para compartilhar e discutir quais incentivos e oportunidades são mais importantes e desejados para as comunidades que dependem da floresta. Assim, pode-se melhorar o maneio florestal e seus meios de subsistência.

Em Moçambique, mais de 70% da população vive em áreas rurais e depende fortemente das florestas e dos recursos naturais para a sua subsistência. As ricas e densas florestas proporcionam numerosos bens e serviços essenciais para a subsistência das comunidades rurais, renda e outros benefícios culturais.

O CNG provisório do DGM integra 15 representantes das 3 regiões do País - Norte, Centro e Sul e é representado principalmente por Organizações da Sociedade Civil que trabalham com as comunidades locais. Ele foi criado depois de um processo de três meses de consultas públicas regionais e nacionais entre Agosto e Novembro de 2015, tendo reunido mais de 270 actores-chave das 11 províncias do País, incluindo a Cidade de Maputo. Além da Sociedade Civil, o CNG provisório inclui observadores do Governo (do Ministerio da Terra Ambiente e Desenvolvimento Rural, MITADER), do Sector Privado (representantes do comite do FIP e governo) e do Banco Mundial, identificados durante as consultas públicas regionais e nacionais.

A reunião de 2 dias em Pemba incluiu discussões sobre os objectivos do DGM em Moçambique, bem como considerações para a melhor forma de estabelecer o CNG final dentro dos próximos seis meses, incluindo a escolha de seus membros. A fim de cumprir as metas ambiciosas de estabelecer logo este comité e trabalhar no sentido de encontrar uma Agência Nacional Executora adequada, CNG provisório está em processo de contratação de uma ONG ou consórcio de ONGs para ajudar a operacionalizar o roadmap de DGM.

“Há uma série de áreas estratégicas que o DGM poderia cobrir. Por exemplo, a promoção de actividades de geração de renda, promoção de produtos florestais não madeireiros (tais como frutos, mel, raízes, etc), agricultura de conservação, entre outras actividades”, disse Daniel Maúla, Director da RADEZA (Rede de Organizações para Ambiente e Desenvolvimento Sustentável da Zambézia).

“Estamos muito empenhados para assegurar a participação das mulheres no DGM em Moçambique e para isso gostaríamos que elas estivessem bem representadas no CNG final”, disse Pedro Ferreira, da MUGEDE (Mulher Género e Desenvolvimento)

Os participantes também discutiram como Moçambique pode aprender com outros países que estão actualmente em preparação ou na implementação do DGM. Dois eventos, em particular, foram destacados: a participação na Reunião Global do DGM em Kinshasa (25-27 Abril) e uma viagem ao Brasil para intercâmbio sul-sul sobre FIP /DGM a realizar-se em Maio de 2016. 

Três representantes do CNG provisório, juntamente com dois membros do CNG do FIP, representantes do Governo e do Sector Privado irão participar neste intercâmbio, que se concentrará sobretudo nos modelos bem-sucedidos de diálogos entre as partes interessadas para o processo de concepção e execução do DGM no Brasil, incluindo os seus mecanismos de tomada de decisão, tipos de actividades elegíveis, o funcionamento dos seus sistemas de financiamento e resultados almejados.

Aproveitando o grande trabalho que tem sido feito até agora, é importante lembrar que, para que o DGM para seja bem-sucedido, o processo deve continuar sendo o mais transparente e inclusivo possível. Porque se bem gerido, o DGM pode ter um impacto transformacional para ajudar a colocar as necessidades das comunidades locais de Moçambique na vanguarda durante a concepção de iniciativas para reduzir o desmatamento e melhorar os meios de subsistência rurais.

É com essa responsabilidade e confiança em mente que continuamos a levar o processo do DGM para a frente.

Comité Nacional de Gestão provisório do DGM de Moçambique

DGM Brazil launches its 1st Call for Proposals

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DGM Brazil Launches its First Call for Proposals

DGM Brazil, approved in March 2015 with the aim of strengthening Indigenous Peoples, Quilombolas, and Traditional Communities, published its first Call for Proposals on January 25th, 2016, which will support projects in natural resource management, market oriented projects, and projects that respond to immediate threats in the Brazilian Cerrado biome. Applications will be accepted until April 25th, 2015.

Established organizations, representatives of Indigenous Peoples, Quilombolas and Traditional Communities, and advisory entities in the Cerrado Biome can respond to the call and participate in the project. The Cerrado, the second largest biome in Brazil, is the savanna with the greatest biodiversity on the planet (5%). It occupies nearly one fourth of the Brazilian territory, including 11 states where more than 25 million people live – 15% of the national population. It is known as the “cradle of water” or the “water tank of Brazil” for housing the sources of principle water basins in Brazil, in addition to being one of 25 biodiversity hotspots in the world.

As a communication strategy for the Call for Proposals, DGM Brazil carried out dissemination workshops with organizations representing Traditional People in the north and center west regions of the country. These activities, in addition to explaining the DGM Brazil initiative and Call for Proposals, allowed participants to ask questions and discuss tropics related REDD+ and the rights of communities.

In Brazil, the fund supporting Indigenous Peoples, Quilombolas, and Traditional Communities will have a duration of 5 years and will be executed by the Centro de Agricultura Alternative do Norte de Minas (CAA/NM), which was selected through a public process to serve as the National Executing Agency (NEA). More information about the DGM Brazil can be found at the site: http://www.dgmbrasil.org.br/.

 


DGM Brasil lança o primeiro edital do projeto

O DGM/FIP/Brasil, aprovado em março de 2015 com o intuito de fortalecer os Povos Indígenas, Quilombolas e Comunidades Tradicionais, publicou no dia 25 de janeiro de 2016 o seu primeiro edital, que irá apoiar projetos de gestão de recursos naturais, projetos orientados para o mercado e projetos em respostas a ameaças imediatas, tendo como área de atuação o bioma do Cerrado brasileiro. As inscrições se encerrarão no próximo dia 25 de abril.

Podem se inscrever no edital e participar do projeto as organizações de base juridicamente constituídas, representativas dos Povos Indígenas, Quilombolas e Comunidades Tradicionais, e entidades de assessoria do Bioma Cerrado. O Cerrado, segundo maior bioma brasileiro, é a savana com maior biodiversidade do planeta (5%). Ocupa quase 1/4 do território brasileiro, abrangendo 11 estados e onde moram 25 milhões de pessoas – 15% da população nacional. É conhecido como “berço das águas” ou “caixa d´água do Brasil” por abrigar nascentes das principais bacias hidrográficas brasileira e é um dos 25 pontos de biodiversidade(hotspots) do mundo.

Como estratégia de comunicação do edital, o DGM Brasil realizou oficinas de divulgação destinadas às organizações representativas dos Povos Tradicionais nas regiões norte e centro-oeste do país.  Nestas atividades, além de divulgar a iniciativa do DGM Brasil e seu primeiro edital, os participantes esclareceram dúvidas e discutiram temas centrais como REDD+ e Direitos dos Povos.

No Brasil, o fundo de apoio aos Povos Indígenas, Quilombolas e Comunidades Tradicionais terá duração de cinco anos e será executado pelo Centro de Agricultura Alternativa do Norte de Minas (CAA/NM), que foi escolhido por um processo de seleção pública como a Agência Executora Nacional (AEN). Todas informações sobre o projeto DGM Brasil podem ser acompanhadas através do site: http://dgmbrasil.org.br/.

Local communities organize to implement the DGM in Ghana

Project Communities of DGM Ghana 

Project Communities of DGM Ghana 

Local communities organize to implement the DGM in Ghana (Traducción en Español abajo) 

On February 24 and 25, the first meeting of the National Steering Committee of the DGM was held in the city of Accra, Ghana. Thirteen representatives from local communities of the Brong-Ahafo (BA) and Western regions along the border with Ivory Coast, (the area of intervention of the DGM Ghana), were introduced as members of the National Steering Committee (NSC).  Sixteen civil society organizations, the World Bank, the Global DGM and representatives from the government of Ghana also attended this meeting. 

The members were selected via consultations carried out through a process of "bottom up and not just with actors from the city of Accra", said Nyaneba Nkrumah, the World Bank representative, as she reflected on this process that began in November, 2015. Consultant Mr. Adu Nyarko submitted a report stating that this coordination included 84.6% of the FIP selected communities of the two regions provided by the Forestry Commission. Assessments were done in the local language Akan.

Among the main concerns regarding the west of Ghana are the cocoa plantations that contribute to deforestation. Due to this threat, reforesting these areas and improving cocoa production will be a priority for the DGM Ghana. About 800,000 families are involved in cocoa production in Ghana, a product that generates the main tax income. In the BA region, however, forest fires and the shortage of land for planting projects are a concern of those who plan to leverage DGM resources. In general, community land use is authorized by the allodial title holders (either the chief or head of family) in the community.

The DGM in Ghana will fund various activities through two components: A) 1. Promoting economic development and improving practices that strengthen mitigation and adaptation, 2. Investments in sustainable forest management. B) Capacity building in leadership, management and technical skills of the communities.

Mr. Hayford Duodu, dressed in blue, has been assigned as a delegate to the GSC for the DGM Ghana. 

Mr. Hayford Duodu, dressed in blue, has been assigned as a delegate to the GSC for the DGM Ghana. 

 To elect the members of the DGM Global Steering Committee, each of the candidates presented his or her experience working in communities, which ranged from reforestation activities, community leadership, cocoa production, landownership, teaching,  and serving as representatives in other committees at the national level. Mr. Hayford Duodu  was appointed as the delegate to the GSC and he also serves as president of the NSC. Mr. Osei Collins will serve as his alternate and vice president, respectively. They both expressed eagerness and excitement to participate in the Second Annual DGM Global Steering Committee, to be held in Kinshasa, DRC, between April 25 and 27, 2016.

"DGM Observers must have expertise in environmental issues, experience in the geographical area and diverse perspectives, and be from the private sector, the government, the World Bank and civil society," one of the working groups concluded. 

The NSC feels optimistic about its plan to select the National Executing Agency by the end of April, 2016. They went on to discuss whether they preferred a local organization or an international organization, and concluded that the chosen organization must have proven experience working with indigenous peoples and local communities and dealing with environmental issues in Ghana. They also express interest in learning about the progress of the DGM in the other countries. With this in mind, together, DGM GEA Director Johnson Cerda and DGM Burkina Faso GSC delegate Idrissa Zeba  (dressed in blue in the picture below), shared the progress made in DRC, Burkina Faso, Peru, Brazil and Indonesia, and the level they have reached in terms of implementation. These developments will be highlighted in our semi-annual DGM progress report which will be available soon. 

GSC member Idrissa Zeba shares experiences from the DGM Burkina Faso with DGM colleagues in Ghana. 

GSC member Idrissa Zeba shares experiences from the DGM Burkina Faso with DGM colleagues in Ghana. 

Comunidades locales se organizan para implementar el DGM en Ghana.

El 24 y 25 de febrero se celebró la primera reunión del Comité Directivo Nacional del DGM en la ciudad de Accra, Ghana. Trece representantes de comunidades locales de las regiones Brong-Ahafo (BA) y del Oeste junto al límite con Costa de Marfil, que es el área de intervención del DGM, fueron presentados como los integrantes del Comité Directivo Nacional (CDN). En la reunión también participaron 16 organizaciones de la sociedad civil, el Banco Mundial, DGM Global y representantes del gobierno de Ghana.

Los miembros fueron seleccionados a través de consultas desarrolladas con el proceso de “abajo hacia arriba y no solo con actores de la ciudad de Accra”, según indicó Nyaneba Nkrumah, representante del Banco Mundial, quien además añadió que este proceso inició en noviembre de 2015. El consultor señor Adu Nyarko presentó un reporte que señala que se coordinó con el 84.6% de las comunidades seleccionadas dentro del FIP en las dos regiones señaladas por la Comisión Forestal y se utilizó el idioma local Akan para la consulta.

Entre las principales preocupaciones de la región del oeste se encuentran las plantaciones de cacao que contribuyen a la deforestación; es por ello que mediante los recursos del DGM se quiere reforestar estas áreas y mejorar la producción del cacao. Alrededor de 800 mil familias participan en la producción de cacao en Ghana, un producto que genera los principales ingresos del fisco. En la región BA, en cambio,  los incendios forestales y la falta de tierras para participar en proyectos de plantación preocupan a quienes planean aprovechar los recursos del DGM. En general el uso de las tierras comunitarias es autorizado por el poseedor del título (puede ser el jefe o cabeza de familia) en la comunidad.

El DGM en Ghana financiará varias actividades a través de dos componentes: A) 1. Promoción del desarrollo económico y mejorar prácticas que fortalezcan la mitigación y la adaptación, 2. Inversiones en manejo sustentable del bosque. B) desarrollo de capacidades de liderazgo manejo y habilidades técnicas de las comunidades.

Para elegir a los miembros del Comité Directivo Global del DGM cada uno de los aspirantes se lanzó al ruedo y presentó su experiencia de trabajo en las comunidades –que iba desde actividades de reforestación, liderazgo comunitario, productores de cacao, propietario de tierras, profesores y representantes en otros comités a nivel nacional. El señor Hayford Duodu (33) (de azul en la foto) fue designado como el delegado al CDG al mismo tiempo que presidente del CDN, y el señor Osei Collins (32)  como su alterno y vicepresidente, respectivamente. Ambos señalaron estar listos para contribuir en su primera participación en la segunda reunión del Comité Directivo Global del DGM, que se realizará en Kinshasa, DRC entre el 25 y 27 de Abril de 2016.

“Los observadores del DGM deben tener experticia en temas ambientales, experiencia en la zona y diversas perspectivas, que vengan del sector privado, gobierno, banco mundial y la sociedad civil”, concluyó uno de los grupos de trabajo. 

Con optimismo, el CDN planea hasta finales de abril seleccionar la Agencia Nacional de Implementación. Debatieron si querían una organización netamente local o una organización de carácter internacional, y llegaron a la conclusión de que esta debe tener reconocida experiencia trabajando con las comunidades indígenas y locales y temas ambientales en Ghana. Quieren conocer más del avance del DGM en los otros países; para esto conjuntamente con Idrissa Zeba de Burkina Faso (de azul en la foto) compartimos los avances en DRC, Burkina Faso, Perú, Brasil e Indonesia, y el nivel hasta donde han avanzado más en la implementación (véase pronto el informe semi-anual de progreso del DGM).





Despite historic blizzard, Planning and Coordination meeting convenes in the US

  Moumini Savadogo (Burkina Faso) speaks at the DGM Planning and Coordination meeting on Tuesday.  

 

Moumini Savadogo (Burkina Faso) speaks at the DGM Planning and Coordination meeting on Tuesday.  

A massive blizzard did not prevent the DGM National Executing Agencies (NEA) from attending the Planning and Coordination Meeting with the Global Executing Agency (GEA), Conservation International, held in Arlington, Virginia. On Tuesday, January 26th, 2016, representatives from the NEAs in Brazil, Burkina Faso, Democratic Republic of Congo, Indonesia, and Peru, alongside one of the DGM Global Steering Committee Co-Presidents, convened with the GEA to begin the 3-day workshop. The topics of discussion included establishing a common global monitoring and reporting framework, sharing experiences with early implementation steps, discussing elements to the DGM Grievance Redress Mechanism, and identifying common messages among countries to achieve common goals. 

  Kristen Walker-Painemilla, Senior Vice President of The Policy Center for Environment and Peace within Conservation International, speaks with NEA members.

 

Kristen Walker-Painemilla, Senior Vice President of The Policy Center for Environment and Peace within Conservation International, speaks with NEA members.

The meeting concluded with a number of successful outcomes. Participants from the National Executing Agencies shared experiences setting up and implementing the DGM. Topics of particular interest for the group included participatory monitoring and mapping, addressing risks and conflict mitigation – particularly around land conflict, capacity building with local executing agencies, and methods of ensuring continued knowledge sharing among the NEAs. Next steps for establishing the DGM-Wide Monitoring and Reporting Framework and topics of interest for regional trainings under the Global Project, among others, were identified.

DGM shares early experiences in building IPLC direct management of climate financing at COP21

 

The DGM was represented at the IP Pavilion by, from left to right: Global Steering Committee co-chairs Grace Balawag and Kapupu Diwa (from the Philippines and DRC, respectively), Marilen Puquio Arturo (Peru), Mina Setra (Indonesia), Idrissa Zeba (Burkina Faso), and, not pictured, Januario Tseredzaro Ruri’õ (Brazil).

Global Steering Committee members from Burkina Faso, Brazil, Democratic Republic of Congo, Indonesia, Peru, and the Global Executing Agency attended COP21 in Paris, France from November 30-December 11, 2015. Some DGM GSC members served on national delegations and others as observers to the climate negotiations.  In addition to participating in and following the negotiations, these DGM representatives were invited to share their work with the DGM at both the Indigenous Peoples Pavilion and the IUCN Pavilion. 

During both panels, the DGM Global Steering Committee members explained the topics that have been identified for implementation with national DGM funds in their countries. They also shared their experiences with establishing their own particular National Steering Committees and discussed how collectively these activities will strengthen the full and effective participation of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities in defining environmental policies and implementation of REDD+ programs.

Global Steering Committee members expressed excitement over the Paris Agreement and its support for programs like the DGM, which strive to recognize the role of IPLCs as forest stewards and seek to provide access to capacity building in issues including good governance, stakeholder engagement, and sustainable forest management.

Where to find the DGM at COP21

The DGM is participating in a number of events at the upcoming United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change 21st Conference of the Parties (UNFCCC COP21) in Paris this December. Members of the DGM Global Steering Committee from Brazil, Burkina Faso, Democratic Republic of Congo, Indonesia, and Peru will speak on panels at two DGM Side Events organized by the DGM Global Executing Agency, Conservation International. The DGM will also be present at a number of partner events:

  1. Information Sharing Session with Indigenous Peoples – Nov 29, Indigenous Global Caucus, Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle

  2. Abya Yala Side Event – Dec 7, Indigenous Peoples Pavilion

  3. DGM Side Event, Focus on Activities – Dec 7 Indigenous Peoples Pavilion (see flyer)

  4. DGM Side Event, Focus on Governance – Dec 10 IUCN Pavilion (see flyer)