FLEGT and REDD+ initiatives both require strong structures to:
- Oversee the processes
- Ensure stakeholder participation
- Deal with technical challenges, such as legal reforms and monitoring
- Overcome the limited capacity of government official and community representatives
- Pool resources for effective coordination and implementation
By communicating effectively the two initiatives can improve planning, build on each other's strengths and make more efficient use of resources.
Example: Democratic Republic of the Congo
The Democratic Republic of the Congo has provincial REDD+ focal points. The role of these focal points is to support their province's readiness for REDD+ activities, facilitate stakeholder participation and coordinate pilot activities.
The national REDD+ coordinating body and the technical commission on FLEGT have pooled resources to train the provincial focal points on both topics in an effort to ensure that the REDD+ and FLEGT processes support each other.
This training will enable the provincial REDD+ focal points to communicate clearly about FLEGT, and facilitates information sharing and reforms at provincial level.