Demonstration projects will be undertaken by indigenous peoples which will include the enhancement of their traditional activities which have the net effect of reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation and to undertake new REDD projects if they so decide as well as to do sustainable forest management practices, conservation, enhancement of carbon stocks and support of traditional livelihoods related to forests.
For Year 1, demonstration projects shall be done in three REDD countries covered in this project, which are Indonesia, Kenya, and Nicaragua. These will be undertaken with the identified partners of Tebtebba in these areas and will involve NGOs, technical experts and government units on a case to case basis. Participation of government units will depend on the assessment of partner indigenous organizations and the communities involved.
Multi-stake holders consultations and planning workshops with partner IPOs/NGOs and other stakeholders (including technical persons and government agencies, as maybe necessary, for each country.
The implementation of these projects will need the mobilization and support of technical persons. All activities and implementation of demonstration projects shall be documented in writing and video so that good practices can be shared and replicated in other communities.
Presentation of the results of these projects in terms of developing and testing credible systems for monitoring, assessment, reporting and verification of emissions from deforestation and forest degradation during the processes leading to Copenhagen and beyond. This can also show the opportunities that can be developed further to help alleviate poverty amongst indigenous peoples.
Demonstration projects shall include the following activities:
- Land delineation for land security and resource mapping as prerequisites for effective REDD projects in indigenous communities
- Data collection, assessment of forest cover changes, carbon accounting, establishment of reference emission level, monitoring of reduced emissions from deforestation and forest degradation
- Protecting and conserving forests through sustainable forest and resource management practices of indigenous peoples
These projects shall only be undertaken after the free, prior and informed consent of indigenous communities have been given. Social preparations, including education and training activities, will be undertaken to prepare the communities to undertake these projects. Training activities will include technical workshops to equip indigenous peoples with the needed technical knowledge to ensure the success of these projects. These will include technical training on land delineation, resource mapping, carbon accounting, monitoring and verification.