Report on establishment of REDD+ Participatory Structures (June 2017)

The National REDD+ Secretariat under the Ministry of Water and Environment (MWE) contracted International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) to coordinate three other non-state actors namely; Environmental Alert, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and Tree Talk Plus (TTP) in the implementation of the consultancy service to strengthen participatory structures and enhance stakeholder engagement at national and sub-national levels on REDD+ issues identification and to facilitate consultations to discuss the key issues emerging from technical/expert assessments of drivers of deforestation and forest degradation, institutional structures, NFMS/MRVs, benefit sharing and safeguards.

Participatory approaches were employed at all levels to setup consultation and participation
structures, enhance awareness of various stakeholders on REDD+ and to generate feedback on the draft national REDD+ strategy. A partnerships approach was used to deliver the assignment by coordinating consultancy tasks with civil society co-implementing partners (Wildlife Conservation Society, Environmental Alert and Tree Talk Plus) and the National REDD+ Secretariat at the Ministry of Water and Environment to allow for progress sharing and learning as well as leverage of the different capacities in the form of technical support, oversight and effective communication requirements across the partnership.