Forests and REDD+: Learning lessons from South-South cooperation
The EU REDD Facility and the Sustainable Amazonas Foundation (FAS) convened experts to share experiences in South-South cooperation alongside the UN Climate Change Conference in Lima, Peru. Michael Bucki of the European Commission said in his opening remark that tropical forested countries are best placed to share lessons from their experiences with partners facing similar resource constraints and issues. Victor Kabengele of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) presented methods and results in scoping the most relevant cooperation opportunities with Brazil in forest monitoring, benefit-sharing and zoning, based on work stemming from the Brazil-DRC Memorandum of Understanding. Prabianto Wibowo of Indonesia described the role that regional and multilateral exchange platforms, such as the Forest Eleven group, can play in fostering exchanges. Finding the right partners is the key to successful South-South exchanges, and these partners need not be government institutions, as the successful collaboration between the Government of DRC and the non-governmental organisation FAS demonstrates. Learning by doing with peers from countries facing similar challenges ensures greater ownership and sustainability of capacity-building activities, said Maria Sanz Sanchez of the FAO. Building exchanges on concrete and technical subjects, such as forest monitoring, is a cost effective way to capitalise on the significant volume of knowledge accumulated by developing countries as they prepare for REDD+ implementation.
Identifying South-South cooperation opportunities between DRC and Brazil Victor Kabengele, DRC
Building a Strategic Cooperation between Indonesia and Brazil on Forest Management Prabianto Wibowo, Indonesia
South-South Cooperation experiences and considerations Maria Sanz Sanchez, FAO
Virgilio Viana, FAS (to be published)