The UN-REDD Programme recently supported the first South-South Exchange on Participatory Governance Assessment (PGA) for REDD+ which established a community of practice in Asia-Pacific to strengthen REDD+ governance efforts.
Representatives from more than 10 countries met in Indonesia on 17-18 April in Bogor, Indonesia to discuss governance assessments for REDD+. Practitioners from the PGA pilot countries Ecuador, Indonesia, Nigeria and Vietnam 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.