FIP Pilot Country Meetings

FIP Pilot Country Meeting - June 24-26, 2015 in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo

The sixth meeting of the pilot countries participating in the Forest Investment Program (FIP) took place between June 23rd and 26th in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo. The meeting engaged existing FIP countries and those newly added in a thorough orientation workshop which explained the vital elements of the FIP pilot countries. There were also robust updates on national FIP portfolios, in-depth discussions on topics of particular relevance to forests and to the FIP, a working group on FIP monitoring and reporting issues and extensive knowledge exchange between the gathered participants. The meeting was attended by FIP pilot countries, representatives of Multinational Development Banks, local and international civil society groups, the FCPF, UNREDD, the Congo Basin Forest Fund and relevant private sector entities. See photos here.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Day 1: Orientation for Newly-Selected Countries: Introduction to the FIP and Investment Planning Process

8:30 – 9:00    Registration, tea and coffee  

9:00 – 10:00     FIP Fundamentals: Context, Practice and IP Preparation 
Using brief overview presentations and sufficient time for discussion, this session will outline the broader context in which the FIP operates and the fundamentals of program operation, including: the programmatic approach; resource allocation, the phased approach and the Dedicated Grant Mechanism (DGM). 

Moderator:

  • Jagjeet Sareen, Policy Officer, CIF AU 

Speakers:

10:00 – 12:00    The FIP Investment Planning Process 
This session will allow speakers to share 3-5 key pieces of learning in the context of: experience of working collaboratively to develop investment plans, the country experience of investment planning and how observers contribute to the preparation of investment plans

Moderator:

  • Gerhard Dieterle, Adviser, World Bank

Speakers:

12:00 – 1:00    Lunch

1:00 – 3:00    Country Exchange and Sharing of Lessons Learned 
Small group discussion between existing and new countries, to exchange knowledge on: lessons on effective IP preparation; priority areas for investment and challenges encountered; integration of FIP into existing national forest strategies; inter-sectoral collaboration. Outcomes of group discussions will be summarized on flip charts and reported back by each group in a 30-minute plenary session.

Moderator:

  • Anne Kuriakose, Sr. Gender Specialist, CIF AU

3:00 – 3:30    Coffee Break

3:30 – 4:15     Understanding the Dedicated Grant Mechanism
This session will elaborate on the earlier intervention regarding the DGM to further explain its fundamental role in the FIP and its unique structure.

Moderator:

  • Madhavi Pillai, Sr. Natural Resource Management Specialist, World Bank - DGM in FIP

Speakers:

5:00        Closing remarks and wrap-up

 

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Day 2 – FIP Pilot Country Updates & Discussions

8:30 – 9:00    Registration, tea and coffee  

9:00 – 9:45     Welcome from the DRC Government and CIF Administrative Unit 

Moderator:

  • Democratic Republic of Congo State Protocol Officer

Speakers:

  • Jagjeet Sareen, Policy Officer, CIF AU
  • Felicien Mulenda, FIP Focal Point, Ministry of Finance, Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Berenice Hernandez Toro, Government of Mexico and FIP Committee Co-Chair
  • Bienvenu Liyota, Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development, Government of Democratic Republic of Congo   

9:45 – 10:00    Charting Progress: An Update on the FIP Portfolio 
This session will provide a rapid-fire portfolio-level overview of the FIP, outlining updates and advancements since the last Pilot Countries Meeting.

Moderator:  

  • Jagjeet Sareen, Policy Officer, CIF AU

10:00 – 11:30     The FIP at Work – In-Depth Country Update from DRC 
This session will feature presentations from the Government of DRC detailing their work with the FIP, including history, key challenges, accomplishments and thematic areas. 

Moderator: 

  • Felicien Mulenda, FIP Focal Point, Ministry of Finance, Government of DRC

Speakers:

11:30 – 1:00    FIP Country Updates 
Existing pilot countries will deliver a brief narrative describing the most recent developments in their national FIP portfolio, including state of implementation, challenges, successes and impact.

Moderator:  

  • Ian Hamilton, CIF AU

Speakers

1:00 – 2:00    Lunch

2:00 – 3:30    Addressing Drivers of Deforestation and Forest Degradation: Integrating Forests and Landscapes
This session will allow countries to explore and discuss the evolving topic of landscape approaches. Specifically, how the landscape approach is understood and adopted in different contexts and specific forest-based examples.

Moderator:

  • Gerhard Dieterle, Adviser, World Bank

Speakers:

3:30 - 3:45    Coffee break

3:30 – 5:15    Gender Considerations in Forest Governance and Forest-Based Livelihoods  
This session will introduce key gender considerations arising in FIP program and project design and implementation, with particular focus on gender issues in forest governance and management, livelihood use rights, and value chain development (incl. non-timber forest products, agro-forestry and cash crops, e.g., cocoa). Key entry points for improved gender outcomes in projects will be examined, e.g., support to women’s forest-based enterprises; participation in benefit-sharing approaches; and attention to women’s tenure security amidst forest reforms and investments.    

Moderator:

  • Anne Kuriakose, Sr. Gender Specialist, CIF AU

Speakers:

5:15 – 5:30    Recap and Wrap Up of Day 2

6:30 – 11:00    Dinner & cultural reception hosted by the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo 

 

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Day 3 – Advancing the FIP

9:00 – 9:15    Welcome Back, Recap of Day 2 and Overview of Day’s Program

9:15 – 11:00    Monitoring, Evaluation and Results Reporting 
This session, using country experiences, working documents and targeted presentations will introduce and generate discussion on: country level monitoring and reporting, integration of CIF M&E into the country system and increased stakeholder participation in M&E

Moderator: 

  • Christine Roehrer, Sr. Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist, CIF AU 

Speakers:

11:00 – 12:00    Comparative Analysis of GHG Accounting
This session will present recent research exploring the topic of greenhouse gas accounting, including the rationale for the research, its broader importance, country-level examples and will elicit feedback from pilot countries. 

Moderator: 

  • Christine Roehrer, Sr. Monitoring & Evaluation Officer, CIF AU

Speaker:

12:00 – 1:00       Lunch

1:00 – 2:30    Private Sector Investments in Forests 
Session description: This session will tackle two main topics: (a) How does the private sector contribute to FIP goals and how is FIP supporting private sector activities – some early experiences from FIP Indonesia, Laos, and Ghana, including the importance of safeguards and certifications for the private sector; and (b) Innovative investment and business models for sustainable forest management – an introduction to sustainable supply chains, certified commodities, and forest carbon offset. 

Moderator:  

  • Gareth Phillips, Chief Climate Change Officer, AfDB 

Speakers: 

2:30 – 3:00    Coffee break

3:00 – 5:00    Financing Mechanisms for Forests

This session open with a panel discussion and roundtable discussion to enable participants to explore the coherence and complementarity that exists among forest financing mechanisms (FCPF, UNREDD, Congo Basin Forest Fund) and country-level experience of using these funds. Following this, analytical work concerning other options available for forest financing, specifically Linkages Between FIP Investments and REDD+ Performance-based Mechanisms (study) and Payment for Environmental Services will be presented.

Moderator: 

  • Joyita Mukherjee, Sr. Operations Officer, IFC

Speakers:

5:00    Wrap up and Closing

Speakers:

  • Bienvenu Liyota, Minister of Environment, Government of DRC
  • Berenice Hernandez Toro, Director of Financing, National Forestry Commission, Government of Mexico & FIP Sub-Committee Co-chair
  • Jagjeet Sareen, Policy Officer, CIF AU

 

Friday, June 26, 2015

Site Visit to Ibi Bateke Agroforestry Project 

 

 

Past FIP Pilot Country Meetings:

September 2013 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia 

  • The meeting will engage pilot countries in in-depth discussions and problem solving on FIP monitoring and reporting issues, and facilitate cross-country lessons sharing and learning on complex issues such as institutional arrangements for local forest management and governance, jurisdictional approaches to REDD+, and the involvement of indigenous peoples, local communities, civil society, and the private sector.

October 2012 in Istanbul Turkey - Pilot Country Meeting Report and Photos

  • The meeting provided the opportunity for pilot countries to give updates on their progress with the FIP programming and implementation process. Participants also had the opportunity to discuss and provide feedback on the FIP learning product; revised FIP results framework and a FIP M&E showcase.

April 2012 in Brasilia, Brazil - Pilot Country Meeting Report

  • The objectives of the meeting were to share innovative approaches to REDD+ investments and working with the private sector, indigenous peoples and local communities; and to exchange views on the design and implementation of systems to monitor results from REDD+ investments.

June 2011 in Cape Town, South Africa

  • The objective of this meeting was to provide input to countries in support of the preparation of their investment plans. The program of the meeting included, among others, targeted discussions on the involvement of stakeholders, cooperation with partners and donors, synergy with national processes and results frameworks.

November 2010 in Washington D.C., United States

  • The objective of the FIP Pilot Country meetings was to provide a common space for representatives from pilot countries to share experiences on CIF activities, learn from each other and discuss issues of common interest.  The meeting focused on preparations of joint missions, expectations regarding investment plans, and included a half day session dedicated to a technical workshop on the challenges for FIP implementation.