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NEWS: Civil society consultations strengthen REDD+ readiness process in Thailand

15 March 2013

On March 6, two USAID-funded programs, Grassroots Equity and Enhanced Networks in the Mekong (GREEN Mekong) and Lowering Emissions in Asia’s Forests (LEAF) organized a civil society dialogue on REDD+ development in Thailand with a specific aim of strengthening public consultations on the draft Readiness-Preparation Proposal (R-PP) to the World Bank’s Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) prior to its presentation at the World Bank in Washington, DC on March 18th. A series of recommendations to address civil society concerns on the REDD+ readiness process in Thailand resulted and will be submitted directly to the Participants’ Committee of the World Bank.

From March 7-8, the LEAF program then jointly organized with the World Bank and Thailand’s Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP) dialogue which resulted in a road map for a longer-term process of engagement that will facilitate inputs from civil society to the DNP and FCPF in the coming months. The meeting brought together 30 participants, including 11 women. 

These two consultation events laid the foundation for a participatory and inclusive approach to producing meaningful and sustainable reductions in greenhouse gas emissions from the forestry-land use sector in Thailand.