CRDT Staff’s Capacity Building on Improving Grassroots Equity in Forests and Climate Change

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From 14 to 18 October 2013 at the RECOFTC Office in Bangkok, Thailand, the GREEN Mekong project conducted a TOT training course on “Improving Grassroots Equity in Forests and Climate Change”. As part of a partnership agreement between WSC and CRDT, Mr. Meas Viphou, our Project Manager in Mondulkiri province, was gladly nominated and supported by WCS to attend this training course. Viphou is one of the 22 participants among the others (4 from Cambodia, 5 from Vietnam, 5 from Laos, 5 from Myanmar, 1 from Thailand, and 1 from Nepal).

            The three main purposes of the course were:

  • Strengthening national and regional policy processes related to forest-based climate change mitigation by integrating equity;
  • Strengthening capacities of civil society organizations (CSOs) to promote equity in forest-based climate change mitigation; and
  • Increasing stakeholders’ understanding of equity in forest-based climate change mitigation.

The main topics evolved around what is Equity? Why Equity Matters in REDD+? Effective Engagement, Role of grassroots facilitator, Skill of facilitator, Equity and Power, Designing and Engagement process, Monitoring Engagement for improving equity. The training employed various methods in engaging all participants to be a best value such as: image drawing, group discussion, role play, energetic game, and group competition. Since the beginning till the end, all participants have really enjoyed this course and they actively participated in. There will be a final phase of the course conducted again next year. On the last day of the training, we discussed about the action plan which would be implemented by each participant after they finished the course.

Attending this training course will help CRDT focus better on the forest resource and environmental conservation and incorporating it into the livelihood improvement project implementation, especially in the Eastern provinces of Cambodia. We, CRDT team, would like to thank our partner, WCS for its ongoing support to CRDT including this training opportunity.

By Meas Viphou, Project Manager in Mondulkiri project site

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