Lessons Learned from Ecuador's REDD+ Platform for Stakeholder Engagement
For the implementation of REDD+, the participation of local communities and indigenous peoples as well as civil society is key. It is necessary that there is space for their opinions and needs to be expressed openly and that these opinions and needs influence the decision-making that may affect their territory. Participation is a constitutional right for indigenous peoples in Ecuador, established in Paragraph 7 of Article 57 of the Constitution, and in Article 100 for citizens. ” (REDD + Ecuador Action Plan - Forests for Good Living)
Ecuador's REDD + Platform for stakeholder engagement is currently one of the most important and sustained spaces for citizen involvement and participation in the environmental sector in Ecuador, being a channel for direct and open dialogue between the National REDD + Authority and civil society, Indigenous peoples, Afro-Ecuadorians, Montubios, women and youth, which for past six years has influenced the public policy that guides actions for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation - REDD +. At the same time, the REDD+ Platform has contributed to empowering community and indigenous leaders, women and youth, who have further generated dialogue and climate action in their home communities, organizations and territories.
The REDD+ Platform is a formal national working space for dialogue and participation made up of representatives of civil society whose objective is dialogue, involvement, participation, discussion, consultation and monitoring, in the processes carried out by the Ministry of the Environment on REDD +. In 2017, the REDD+ Working Table was formally institutionalized through Ministry of Environment Agreement No. 049.
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