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Brazil Programme

GFLI-Brazil-Senator-RollembergThe Brazilian Launch Workshop of the GFLI took place in Brasilia on 19th April 2012 and defined the nationally-specific objectives for the first 6 months of the Programme in Brazil.

This meeting brought together senior members of GLOBE Brazil including Congresswoman Rebecca Garcia, author of the REDD+ Law Project for the Brazilian Congress in 2010, Senator Rodrigo Rollemberg, the Chair of the Senate Environment Commission, and Congressman Marcia Macedo, who was recently appointed as the Chair of the bicameral Commission on Climate Change.

Forests and REDD+ were one of several key themes at the first World Summit of Legislators organised by GLOBE in Rio de Janeiro in June 2012, feeding into the Rio+20 Summit on Sustainable Development. Legislators from 86 countries participated and shared experiences.

On the national level, GLOBE legislators were highly engaged in the Brazil Forest Code debate in 2011 and 2012, successfully advancing proposals related to payments for ecosystem services (PES). In 2012 and 2013, GLOBE legislators have decided to integrate discussions on a legal framework for REDD+ with the on-going debate on a PES law project.

Further results include the presentation of the Brazil chapter of the GLOBE Forest Legislation Study in the Brazilian Congress in December 2012 and May 2013, leading to engaged deliberations between legislators, government representatives and civil society groups. The REDD+ law project developed by GLOBE member Rebecca Garcia in 2010 has not yet been passed in the Congress or Senate, however it has contributed to significant debate and outlines key steps for further REDD+ preparedness which must be taken.

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Background - Tackling deforestation and degradation in Brazil

Tackling deforestation in Brazil is of the utmost importance; almost 77% of CO2 emissions are caused by deforestation and forest degradation. In 2003 the Brazilian Government produced a three point plan to protect the Amazon. It included: land use planning; monitoring and controlling and sustainable activities.

Under the initiative's first two phases there was a huge increase in protected areas within the region, culminating in the government's launch of the Amazon Fund. Preventative measures such as fines and confiscation of equipment are being used to legitimise and strengthen the fund.
Throughout 2011 and the first semester of 2012, the political debate in Brazil was dominated by the reform of the Forest Code. When the debate on amendments to this law appeared to be entering its final stages in April 2012, this provided an opportunity to initiate the Brazilian programme of the GFLI.

The REDD+ Law Project was authored by Congresswoman Rebecca Garcia, and aims to "establish the national system of Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation, Conservation, Sustainable Forest Management, Maintenance and Higher levels of carbon (REDD +), and other measures ". The main objective of the project is to regulate REDD+ actions in Brazil, as well as create a national REDD+ system that allows the development of subnational projects and their integration into a national strategy. This would see the creation of a National REDD+ Commission to oversee REDD+ implementation which would be formed by representatives of federal, state and municipal government along with representatives from civil society, the private sector and academia.

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Indonesia Programme

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GLOBE International/Indonesian DPR Green Economy Caucus Signing Ceremony - Bali, February 2013

The establishment of a partnership with legislators on REDD+ in Indonesia has taken place in the context of the wider Green Economy agenda. GLOBE has sought an alternative model for engaging legislators, supporting the formation of a Green Economy Caucus in the Indonesian Parliament. Given the previous lack of a platform for strengthening of legislation and oversight related to REDD, the establishment of the Caucus as a new partner for GLOBE and its Forest Legislation Initiative in February 2013 is a significant step forward.

In November 2013, GLOBE launched the Indonesia Forest Legislation Study, as part of the wider Forest Legislation Study, advancing proposals for REDD+ legislative reforms. Indonesian legislators have participated in a series of forest-related events, including the 1st GLOBE International Forest Forum at UNFCC COP 18 in Doha in 2012.

GLOBE has also established a dialogue with the UKP4, the Indonesian President's Unit in charge of REDD+, to facilitate dialogue on REDD+ legislation between the Legislative and the Executive Branches of Government. Most recently, Mr Heru Prasetyo, Deputy Head of Planning and International Relations in Indonesia's President's Delivery Unit for Development Monitoring and Oversight, attended and presented at the 2nd GLOBE International Forest Forum at UNFCCC COP 19 in Warsaw.

The Chair of the Indonesian Parliament's Green Economy Caucus has recently sparked a debate on the need for enhanced transparency in the management of national REDD funds: http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2013/11/21/house-demands-transparency-redd-budget.html

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Background

GFLI-BG-MoUThe new Green Economy Caucus in the Indonesian parliament (DRC) was launched at the workshop on green economy which took place on 21 February 2013 in Bali.

The event was organised by local NGO Prakarsa in partnership with GLOBE International. It was composed of two parts: a workshop on the green economy and the inaugural session of the Green Economy Caucus. Barry Gardiner MP, GLOBE's Chairman of the Board, was invited as the keynote speaker and the representative of GLOBE International.

The event was attended by Indonesian legislators including the Hon. Satya W. Yudha, Chair of DRC Commission VII - Energy and Mineral Resources, Environment and technology, the Hon. Andi Timo Pangerang and the Hon. Arif Budimanta, both members of DRC Commission XI, Financial, Development Planning and the Hon. Chusnunia, member of DRC Commission IX, Health, Population and Manpower.

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DRC Programme

Justin-Mirindi-with-GLOBE-DRC-President-Hon.-Jean-Pierre-Tshimanga-BuanaThe GLOBE DRC Chapter comprising 22 legislators was launched in September 2012.

Key milestones in GLOBE's work on forests/REDD in the DRC in 2012-2013 include:

  • The establishment of an official partnership between GLOBE International, GLOBE DRC and the DRC Ministry of Environment and its National REDD Coordination (CN-REDD) in 2012, supported by UNEP
  • The formation of a REDD/forest governance working group in the DRC National Assembly, including legislators, experts, civil society and government representatives, with 4 thematic workshops held in 2012/2013 on benefit sharing, safeguards and other REDD-related topics
  • The creation of a Legal Support Group comprising 4 DRC environmental lawyers, providing day-to-day support and advice to legislators on REDD and forest legislation
  • The production of a report and road map for REDD+ and forest legislation reform in 2013, adopted by legislators and to be launched at a public event in Kinshasa in January 2014
  • The participation of DRC legislators at key international events, including the World Summit of Legislators in Rio de Janeiro in June 2012, the 1st GLOBE International Forest Forum at COP 18 in Doha in December 2012 and the 2nd International Forest Forum at COP 19 in Warsaw in November 2013.

After this first phase of capacity building and stakeholder consultation, GLOBE DRC legislators have agreed on a road map for key legislative proposals in 2014, including reforms related to land tenure, environmental and social safeguards, carbon ownership and benefit sharing.

GLOBE DRC is led by the Honorable Tshimanga Buana, Vice Rapporteur of the DRC National Assmebly and coordinated by Mr Justin Mirindi, Director of GLOBE DRC.

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Background: GLOBE DRC & the Legislative Working Group on REDD+ and Forest Governance

The official launch of GLOBE DRC took place on 18th and 19th September 2012 at the National Assembly in Kinshasa in the presence of Barry Gardiner, UK MP, and Congresswoman Rebecca Garcia, author of the REDD+ Law Project for the Brazilian Congress in 2010. The event was organised in partnership with the CN-REDD and amounted to a full-day of legislative capacity-building workshops on REDD+. It was attended by 150 participants, of which over 70 were national legislators.

The main aim of the workshop was to enable legislators to take part in the national REDD+ debate and to inform legislators who will take part in the new GLOBE Legislative Working Group on Forest Governance. The group convenes key Congolese legislators together with a select group of environmental lawyers, in order to develop potential REDD+ legal reforms.

The Legislative Working Group provides a platform for Congolese Parliamentarians to discuss a legislative reform agenda for REDD+ implementation. The group was one of the proposals included in the Work Plan, which was debated at a consultative meeting involving twenty-one Congolese legislators in Kinshasa. The over-arching aim of the meeting was to present the rules for the establishment of a National GLOBE chapter and to submit the Work Plan of the GLOBE Forest Legislation Initiative DRC Programme for the approval of DRC Parliamentarians.

The first meeting of the Legislative Working Group was held in Kinshasa, under the chairmanship of the Honourable Bokona Wipa on the 18th October 2012. The meeting inaugurated the Legislative Working Group on REDD+ and Forest Governance and specified the commitment to reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+).

The second meeting of the group took place at the National Assembly building in Kinshasa on 30th January 2013. It sought to address the need to reform existing laws related to the protection of natural resources in order for a legal framework on REDD+ to be created. Two additional meetings of the working group took place in March 2013.

A road map for legislative reform, prepared by a Legal Support Group and consolidating the work of the Legislative Working Group, was presented and discussed at an internal workshop in May 2013. The road map will form the basis for the second phase of the Forest Legislation Initiative in 2014: Advancing key legislative reform proposals for REDD+ in the DRC Parliament.

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The Hon. J. Ipakaka taking part in a roundtable at the 2nd GLOBE International Forest Forum (GIFF) in Warsaw