A one day REDD+ stakeholder’s inception workshop was held in Dar es salaam, Tanzania on the 17th January 2013 to launch a project on ‘Strengthening REDD+ Lesson Learning Networks and Information Management’. The workshop also established an information sharing forum which will ensure that REDD+ information and lessons are effectively documented and disseminated.
Implemented by IUCN, on behalf of the Tanzania REDD+ Task Force, the project aims at engaging REDD+ stakeholders in Tanzania to develop mechanisms for strengthening lesson learning networks at local and national levels. The project also seeks to improve sharing of lessons and experiences from Tanzania REDD+ processes to regional and international stakeholders.
Attended by participants from Tanzania REDD+ task force, Tanzania REDD+ secretariat, Tanzania REDD+ technical working group and pilot projects, the workshop was chaired by Mr. Tamrini A. Said, a member of Tanzania REDD+ Task force. In his speech, Mr. Saidi noted that the concept of REDD+ has won support from a wide range of interests, including conservationists, scientists, governments, development agencies, and some environmental and indigenous rights groups. “The REDD+ policy is still very new, and its introduction in Tanzania requires among other things, effective communication and information sharing allowing stakeholders to exchange lessons and experiences,” he said. Mr. Abdalla Shah, Head of IUCN office in Tanzania and Almas Kashinde from FAO –UNREDD program raised interest in and common understanding of learning networks among participants. Mr. Shah’s presentation showed the thinking behind the project and pointed out the values of learning networks. Mr. Kashinde emphasized on the importance of sharing information and knowledge stakeholders of REDD+ initiatives. A lively discussion followed after the presentations to bring a common understanding on the value of learning networks and a need to share information among stakeholders. Through group work, participants made suggestion on the existing networks relevant to REDD+ initiative. They also discussed the required information sharing mechanisms including how to organize different reports and the publication of lesson learned. One group specifically provided suggestion on a proper system for processing and analyzing REDD+ information. In addition, participants provided inputs of the operational model of Information Sharing Forum in terms of structure, content of use and interaction of networks members. Recognizing the short cycle of the project, and noting that information sharing is a continuous process, the workshop recommended that a national centre for permanent data repository should be established for REDD+ learning networks. Finally, the meeting recommended that modalities of information sharing, integrity of information, cost and timeline for web based data should be well defined. For more information contact Mr. Abdalla Said Shah, Head of Office/Senior Programme Officer – IUCN Tanzania on Abdalla.firstname.lastname@example.org