RECOFTC – The Center for People and Forests has been implementing the Grassroots Capacity Building for REDD+ Project since 2009, with funding from the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad). The current phase, which began in August 2010, is being implemented in four countries, namely Indonesia, Lao PDR, Nepal and Vietnam, and will continue until July 2013. Recently, RECOFTC was successful in receiving further funding for the next phase, covering January 2013 until the end of 2015, with the addition of Myanmar as the fifth focal country. Project implementation in Myanmar will follow a similar approach to the other focal countries, through engagement with in-country partner organizations, including government and non-government organizations.
The goal of the project remains “Grassroots stakeholders in Asia are enabled to actively contribute to the REDD+ planning and policy process by effectively participating and communicating their perspective to policy makers and are well positioned to take advantage of potential benefits from REDD+ for local socio-economic development.”
RECOFTC held an inception and planning workshop on 23 May 2013, in Nye Pi Taw, Myanmar, to plan and design the project implementation strategy for the new focal country. The inception and planning workshop was opened by the honorable Deputy Minister, Minister of Environmental Conservation and Forestry, Myanmar.
The objective of the inception and planning workshop was to develop a plan for the REDD+ Grassroots Project and identify concrete steps forward for the project implementation period. The planning workshop also aimed to align the project activities with the national policies and plans for REDD+ in the country, and explore the collaborative opportunities with other organizations.
All key stakeholders were invited to participate, including representatives from Myanmar's Department of Forestry, partner organizations, representatives from civil society organizations, and other key agencies carrying out REDD+ related projects in Myanmar.
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