IUCN holds consultation on REDD+ and FPIC for local community in Sikkim, India

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) held a consultation on REDD+ and Free Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) in South Sikkim, India, on 25 February 2019.

Welcome Address by Panchayat President of 37 Mamley Kamrang Panchayat

The objective of the meeting was to introduce the REDD+ concept – which stands for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation, enhancement, conservation and sustainable management of forests – to the participants, explain the extent & type of involvement needed from them in the development and implementation of the project and finally obtain the informed consent from participants

The proposed REDD+ will be developed in the Mamley-Kamrang Gram Panchayat Unit (GPU) under the umbrella of the National Mission on Himalayan Studies (NMHS) sponsored project ‘Coping with Uncertainties: Building Community Resilience and Ecosystem Based Adaptation to Climate Change in the Indian Himalayan Region (CwU)’. 

The meeting kicked off with a welcome address by Mr Man Bahadur Manger, Panchayat President of 37 Mamley Kamrang GPU. In his address, Mr Manger acknowledged the importance and challenges of developing a REDD+ project in their area. This was followed by presentations from IUCN representatives including a brief overview of the CwU project and its ongoing activities in Sikkim, as well as a detailed explanation of the REDD+ project development process and level of community involvement.

Key messages reinforced that the proposed REDD+ project respects the communities rights and knowledge. The meeting was attended by 60 local farmers who were receptive to the project plan and willing to contribute towards its implementation.

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