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The UN-REDD Programme and the LAC region pilots an innovative stakeholder analysis methodology in Honduras

Tuesday, 10 February 2015
The Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) region recently inaugurated a two phase pilot programme, concerning a stakeholder mapping and analysis project in Honduras, a process that is set to be expanded in the region during 2015. The mapping exercise aims to support countries in identifying stakeholders that could be crucial for the design, planning and implementation of REDD+ inclusive processes. The methodology will allow UN-REDD Programme partner countries to identify not only the sectors, organizations and individuals that are fundamental for the advancement of REDD+ initiatives, but also their knowledge and interest in the topic, their position and level of influence, their relationships with other key actors and their role in decision-making processes*.

The first phase of the stakeholder analysis was conducted in December 2014 in Honduras. It consisted of a series of interviews and working sessions with the Program Management Unit of the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF)**, including government and UNDP staff, as well as representatives from key sectors with strong links to the forests, such as indigenous peoples and forest-dependent communities. These meetings resulted in an initial mapping of approximately 50 relevant actors from different groups, including indigenous peoples, civil society organizations, academia, private sector and donors (national/international). During this phase, the Honduran Program Management Unit improved their ability to apply the associated methodology and tools, including the surveys and matrixes that will facilitate analysis and future data comparison among countries.

Phase two will commence in February 2015 in Honduras. It will consist of a more in-depth analysis and a series of interviews and surveys with all relevant stakeholders identified in phase one. The interviews and surveys will be carried out at the local level and will lead to a full diagnosis of the listed stakeholders so as to develop a national stakeholder engagement strategy.

It is indeed most interesting that the analysis does not apply a prescriptive approach but can be adapted to the needs of each country according to its level of REDD+ readiness. It aims to provide UN-REDD Programme partner countries with the level of information required to create more informed and tailored stakeholder engagement strategies.  Honduras, where the project was piloted, is currently at an early implementing stage of its FCPF project and is working on the National Programme project document to be submitted to the UN-REDD Programme for support. As one of the main components to both of these is the development of a stakeholder engagement strategy, a solid analysis of stakeholders is an important first step to take.

The next LAC countries on the list for the stakeholder mapping analysis in the coming months are Paraguay, Suriname and Argentina.

*The UN-REDD Programme is the United Nations collaborative initiative on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD) in developing countries. The Programme was launched in 2008 and builds on the convening role and technical expertise of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The UN-REDD Programme supports nationally-led REDD+ processes and promotes the informed and meaningful involvement of all stakeholders, including Indigenous Peoples and other forest-dependent communities, in national and international REDD+ implementation.
** The Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF)  is a global partnership of governments, businesses, civil society, and Indigenous Peoples focused on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, forest carbon stock conservation, the sustainable management of forests, and the enhancement of forest carbon stocks in developing countries (activities commonly referred to as REDD+).

Source: UN REDD Programme
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