An approach to full and effective participation in REDD+ initiatives in Peru
Stakeholder Engagement has a broad spectrum of participation beyond information sharing and consultation. It includes permanent processes of collaboration and empowerment in decision making and implementation in REDD+ and beyond. Countries are beginning their REDD+ Readiness stakeholder engagement strategies based on their own national laws and policies, the requirements of international agreements, and the recommendations of multilateral institutions. While criteria, principles, and standards for social safeguards may exist within agreements and in the frameworks developed by UNREDD and FCPF, the concrete implementation of a comprehensive stakeholder engagement process in accordance with those guidelines and criteria requires the development of a robust methodology, adaptable to different country contexts, to ensure that all impacted stakeholders participate fully and effectively in REDD+ Readiness strategies. Supporting this process of participatory analysis to assess the current situation of REDD+ stakeholder engagement in Peru was a practical and shared learning experience for all the parties involved in this initiative. The final purpose of this work went beyond a diagnostic report; its outcome contributed to build a participatory structure for dialogue and initiated a joint comprehensive introspective exercise to take action and address the gaps and challenges found to support full and effective participation. The following document captures the key findings and recommendations from this Analysis and represents the first phase of a set of specific tools proposed by Conservation International to assist country governments and their implementing partners to assess, plan, implement and monitor stakeholder engagement within their REDD+ Readiness strategies.