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Participatory Governance Assessments Knowledge Exchange Meeting l Bogor 2012

Posted date: 
Thu, 12/13/2012
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The Participatory Governance Assessments (PGA) is an initiative within the UN-REDD Programme that through consultative and inclusive processes seeks to contribute to the development of a national assessment systems to monitor the involved countries' governance of their forests. The UN-REDD Programme is currently piloting four PGAs pilots (Ecuador, Nigeria, Vietnam and Indonesia) which are in different stages of preparation and implementation. 

In our dialogue with the PGA practitioners and stakeholders, they have expressed a strong interest in and a need to share knowledge and experience thus far to learn from each other’s PGA processes. For this reason the UN-REDD Programme and UNDP Indonesia jointly organized a Knowledge Exchange Meeting from the 17th to the 18th of April 2012 in Bogor - Indonesia. Representatives from more than 10 countries met to discuss governance assessments for REDD+. Practitioners from the PGA pilot countries shared their experiences and early lessons learned of conducting a PGA with governance experts and other countries interested in conducting an assessment in the future. 

Discussions covered three central questions of the PGA for REDD+ approach: i) what to measure; ii) how to measure it; and iii) what to do with the data collected. Country ownership of the PGA processes, through the participation of both government and civil society, emerged as key to ensure the sustainability of an assessment process, as well as policy uptake and reform.  

Participants also suggested practical ways to organize the PGA for the REDD+ community of practice and encourage knowledge and experience sharing, such as a database of practitioners and regular annual meetings.

The meeting was also an opportunity to present already existing tools and approaches offered by the agencies of the UN-REDD Programme which can help REDD+ countries address governance issues identified through the PGA processes. Relevant tools and approaches include Institutional Context Analysis, Legislative and Parliamentary Support for REDD+, as well as available UN-REDD Programme publications and guidelines on Free, Prior and Informed Consent.  

Some of the key outcomes of the  Knowledge Exchange Meeting was:

  • The establishment of a Community of Practice for the PGAs
  • Concrete inputs for the upcoming PGA Practical Guide

The report of the South-South knowledge exchange of the PGA for REDD+ initiative can be found here.