RECOFTC’s GrassrootsCapacity Building for REDD+ Program
To be able to participate with their full potentialin the planning and implementation of REDD+projects, grassroots stakeholders must have full,clear, and culturally appropriate informationabout REDD+ processes. Through this project,RECOFTC identifies their knowledge gaps andthoroughly and effectively shares vitalinformation. In each of the four countries,Indonesia, Lao PDR, Nepal, and Vietnam, wework together with partner organizations to getaccess to local communities.
Cottages in Janakalyan Community Forest, Banke District, Nepal
During one of the district level refresher workshops in Banke District, community level facilitators exchange their experiences and discuss how challenges can be overcome.
In Dang District there is a high demand of agricultural land and therefore forest encroachment is well visible.
In Nepal, one of the four project countries,we work in 16 different districts, ten ofthem located in the low-land Terai region,where often forest degradation and forestencroachment occur. Through a cascadeapproach national and subnational trainingsbuild the capacity of district level trainerswho then lead the local level awarenessraising events. The program in Nepal isimplemented in partnership with ournational partner organization FECOFUN.
Community level awareness raising event in Kanchanpur District,Nepal, lead by Laxmi Saud from the district chapter of FECOFUN
Men of Janakalyan Community Forest, Banke District, Nepal, attending one of the community level awareness raising events
Women and children of Janakalyan Community Forest, Banke District,Nepal, attending one of the community level awareness raising events
“Through this training I learnedthat we have to stay active toprotect our forests and helpmitigate climate change, i.e.replant trees once old ones die.”Pabitra Shrestha at awarenessraising event at ButwalMunicipality, RupandehiDistrict, Nepal
Pabitra Shrestha (second row, second person from right) among other interested women, during the awareness raising event at Butwal Municipality, Rupandehi District
“We have to make sure weuse REDD+ to change elitecapture, gender inequalityand other still existinggrievances.” Hom BahadurGurung, Nawalparasi District,Nepal
Hom Bahadur Gurung, with black hat, was one of the facilitators during an awareness raising event of the Dumkibas Village Development Committee, Nawalparasi District, Nepal
Forest encroachment is well visible in many areas in the Terai region of Nepal, like here in Dang District.
Already during the introduction round in pairs of the awareness raising event of theDumkibas Village Development Committee, Nawalparasi District, Nepal, there was a lot to learn from each others backgrounds
Khem Kumari Paudel during an awareness raising event of the Dumkibas Village Development Committee, Nawalparasi District, Nepal
In view of illiteracy in somecommunities, we test innovativeawareness building approaches.One of them is delivering messageswith street plays. In NawalparasiDistrict two different groupsprepared street plays for localcommunities, which were wellreceived.
In front of the Chisapani Community Forest User Group building in Nawalparasi District, the spectators are waiting with excitement for the play to begin
“The street play makes uscurious to know moreabout REDD+.”Community response,Chisapani CommunityForest User Group,Nawalparasi District
After the street play organized by the Chisapani Community Forest User Group, Nawalparasi District
“We look at this projectas the initiation of awhole new learningprocess.” Badri Sapkota,Chair of SundariCommunity Forest UserGroup, Nawalparasidistrict
Badri Sapkota (right) closely observing the preparations of the street play next to the local Wednesday Kawasoti market
Spectators at the street play next to the local Wednesday Kawasoti market watching interested despite of falling rain
During the street play a forest fire was simulated between thematic song and dance performances written extra for this street play