The Forest Investment Program (FIP) Pilot Countries Meeting is taking place this week in Luang Prabang, Lao PDR. The Dedicated Grant Mechanism for Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities is a unique element of the FIP, established to ensure the continuous participation of IPLCs in their investment strategies.
This meeting will “bring together participants from government, the private sector, civil society, Indigenous Peoples, local community groups, and colleagues from the multilateral development banks (MDBs) that implement FIP-funded projects, to foster peer-to-peer learning among the 53 pilot countries—from practical issues related to the design and implementation of FIP investment plans to other forestry activities.” Unlike previous Pilot Countries Meetings, this one will feature the collaboration with the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility to exchange ideas on challenges and opportunities related to the implementation of REDD+ and sustainable forest initiatives.
The DGM team is actively sharing their experiences during this exchange, with representation from members of the Global Steering Committee and Global Executing Agency. The perspectives of indigenous peoples and local communities were part of sessions related to land tenure in forest programs, gender in community based forestry and stakeholder engagement in climate action.