If the world is to confront the challenges of mitigating and adapting to climate change while meeting the demands of a rapidly-growing global population, it is vital that we find the balance between conserving and regenerating forest areas with economic growth for poverty reduction. This is what the World Bank’s work on forests aims to achieve.
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GEF Grant: US $10.4 million equivalentProject ID: P144271Project Description: The objective of the project is to improve governance and promote sustainable land use in order to reduce deforestation an... Show More +d conserve biodiversity in the Colombian Amazon. Show Less -
Local communities in Peru are helping make decisions that impact the country's forests—including the Amazon, which covers over half of the country, but is being cleared for subsistence ... Show More +farming and industrial agriculture, as well as due to illegal logging. With support from the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) and the Forest Investment Program (FIP), Peru's Ministry of Environment, along with agencies such as the Ministry of Agriculture, is preparing a program to keep the natural forest standing and to reduce carbon emissions. Local communities are also being engaged in Peru’s REDD+ readiness programs. To date, over one thousand people have been reached through workshops, roundtables, and direct coordination on REDD+.Going even further than meaningful participation is the joint preparation of the Saweto Dedicated Grant Mechanism for Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities in Peru. The Bank is supporting Indigenous leaders to design the Saweto DGM that will be governed by them and will be implemented at the community level. The Saweto DGM will finance land titling and community forestry--both high priorities for Indigenous Peoples. Implementing forest strategies, from the bottom upLikewise, Nicaragua has developed a participatory platform on the country’s forestry strategy operating at the political, technical and local implementation level. The RACCN (Northern-Caribbean Autonomous Region of Nicaragua) and the RACCS (Southern-Caribbean Autonomous Region of Nicaragua) have actively contributed to the technical and political dialogue through this platform. As such, this three-layered structure channels the national forestry strategy proposals from the bottom up prioritizing inputs from the community-level.New partnerships for forestsAction on REDD+ is strengthening partnerships between Indigenous Peoples, forest dependent communities and the programs that are intended to preserve their natural forest and reduce emissions.In Mexico, REDD+ is developing in the context of a strong land tenure system and community-based forest activity. Peru and Nicaragua illustrate how REDD+ can shape the spirit of dialogue with indigenous communities, and enable social inclusion in forestry. Involving local communities in the design, decision making and management of forest programs makes them more successful—and this is promising for forests, and forest communities. Show Less -