The Center for People and Forests - RECOFTC and partners have held consultations with potential project beneficiaries, national NSAs and local networks in the target landscapes, on FLEGT-VPA and REDD+ processes. Forest communities, whose lives are often fundamentally linked to their ability to sustainably manage forests, both natural and planted, face challenges with FLEGT and REDD+, alongside the opportunities these initiatives may provide. In particular in regard to REDD+, a great deal of concern has been raised about the potential of REDD+ to infringe on forest communities’ rights through the establishment of so-called carbon enclosures.
Facing insecurity and uncertainty, many national and local NSAs and their networks working on REDD+ are keen to become leaders in forest governance monitoring and advocate rights of forest-dependent communities who are most affected by weak land tenure and rights, as well as by illegal logging, deforestation and land conversion. This project aims to be a robust action to contribute to NSAs becoming informed, credible and equal players in forest landscape governance in the region.
"This project is to accelerate the conservation work and to raise awareness of local communities on their roles in governing forests. If local communities gain proper knowledge and knowledge exchange activities can be done, it could lead to better SFM, deeming the project successful" (representative of the Myanmar Forestry Department).