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.
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.