Pilot Country Meeting

FIP Pilot Country Meeting June 2016

  • Jun 12, 2016

Meeting Summary

Meeting Objectives

  1. To foster peer-to-peer learning among FIP pilot countries on practical issues related to the design and implementation of FIP investment plans and other forestry activities.
  2. To learn from the experience of Mexico in implementing sustainable forest management practices.
  3. To gather pilot country feedback on strategic directions for the FIP.
  4. To create a format that allows for as much interaction among countries as possible and minimizes presentations, especially powerpoints.



Day One: Sunday, June 12, 2016

9:00 – 10:00

Opening and welcome remarks from:

  • H.E. Rafael Pacchiano Alamán, Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources of Mexico (to be confirmed)           
  • The Hon. Gabino Cué Monteagudo, Governor of Oaxaca
  • Mafalda Duarte, Program Manager, Climate Investment Funds
  • Ing. jorge Rescala Pérez, General Director, CONAFOR, Mexico
  • Veronica Zavala Lombardi, Mexico Country Representative, Inter-American Development Bank
  • Jutta Kern, Country Operations Adviser, Mexico Country Office, World Bank Group 

10:00 – 10:30

Coffee break

10:30 – 11:00

Update on the status of the FIP
Overview of the meeting agenda followed by brief presentation on the status of the FIP portfolio from the FIP Senior Program Coordinator.

11:00 – 1:00

Future Directions for the FIP in a Changing Landscape
This session will explore the role of forests in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as well as adaptation and mitigation goals expressed in countries’ Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), what is needed to deliver on this, and the potential role of the FIP in supporting this agenda.

The session will begin with a panel discussion among prominent voices (from donor and recipient governments, private sector, CSO/thinktank, MDB) on how forests can be an effective part of the solution to achieve SDGs and INDCs and what needs to be done differently for this to happen.

Following a Q&A and discussion with the participants, the CIF Administrative Unit will introduce the strategic work on the future of the CIF carried out in 2016, which includes proposals for future directions of the FIP. This work will be discussed at the joint meeting of the CTF and SCF trust fund committees on June 15, 2016. Participants will break into smaller groups to discuss their perspectives on the value proposition of the FIP going forward and will report back in a plenary discussion.

Moderator: Ian Gray, Senior Program Coordinator, Climate Investment Funds


  • Berenice HernándezToro, Director of Financing, CONAFOR, Mexico
  • Joberto Veloso de Freitas, Director, Brazilian Forest Service
  • Grace Balawag, Tebtebba, co-chair of the Global Steering Committee for the Dedicated Grant Mechanism
  • Jeff Hayward, Vice President, Design and Innovation, Global Climate Lead, Rainforest Alliance (to be confirmed)
  • Gloria Visconti, Lead Climate Change Specialist, Inter-American Development Bank

1:00 – 2:00


2:00 – 5:15

Everything You Wanted to Know from Your Peers but Were Afraid to Ask
This session will encourage direct interaction among countries through a “speed dating” format (with rotating groupings of countries) on topics related to the development and implementation of FIP investment plans and projects.

The session will begin with a one hour table discussion among participants. This will be followed by a 30 minute “pitch” session where participants who are keen to share their experiences with others will pitch their topics to attract interest. On the basis of these pitches, participants will choose which “sharers” to date. There will be two rounds of 30 minute dates, followed by a plenary wrap up discussion.

Note: Several participants will be contacted in advance to be “sharers” during the speed dating sessions. Other participants who are interested in sharing their experience and knowledge will also have the opportunity to do so. 

5:15 – 5:45      

Wrap up Day One


Reception hosted by the Government of Mexico


Day Two: Monday, June 13, 2016

9:00 – 10:00

Implementation of the DGM in FIP Pilot Countries

The Dedicated Grant Mechanism (DGM) is a USD 80 million global initiative that was conceived and developed as a special window under the FIP to provide grants to Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities (IPLCs) to enhance their capacity and support initiatives to strengthen their participation in FIP and other REDD+ processes. This panel session will bring together stakeholders involved in the design and implementation of the DGM at the national and global levels to exchange views and experience on the role of IPLCs in the sustainable management and conservation of forests, challenges and lessons learned in establishing the DGM at the national and global levels, the types of projects financed by the DGM, and opportunities for collaboration/coordination between the DGM and other FIP-funded projects.

Moderator: Vince McElhinny, Dedicated Grant Mechanism / Global Executing Agency, Conservation International (CI)


  • Grace Balawag, Tebtebba, co-chair of the Global Steering Committee for the DGM
  • Marilen Puguio Arturo, DGM Global Steering Committee, Peru
  • Manuel Aldrete, DGM Global Steering Committee, Mexico
  • Marco Aurelio dos Santor, FIP Focal Point, Brazil
  • Ibrahim Lankoande, FIP Focal Point, Burkina Faso

10:00 – 10:30

Evaluating Payment for Environmental Services: Mexico’s Experience

In a TED talk format, Mexico will share its experience and lessons from the impact evaluation of payment for environmental services through the Forests and Climate Change project. Q&A will follow.

Speaker: Sofia Romo Monroy, Deputy Manager of Evaluation, CONAFOR, Mexico

10:30 – 11:00  

Coffee Break

11:00 – 12:30

Innovative Financial Mechanisms for Integrated Forest Management

This session will explore the issues at play in public-private cooperation in leveraging newer funding sources for sustainable forest management and reducing emissions from degradation and deforestation. The session will provide an opportunity to exchange perspectives, experiences and forward-looking ideas. Participants will discuss topics of key importance to identify enabling conditions, engagement models, and financial mechanisms for productive forests and landscapes, forest-based products supply chains, and downstream industries while achieving clean, resilient, green and inclusive growth.

Moderator: Germánico Galicia García, Manager, Promotion of Sustainable Forest Production CONAFOR, Mexico


  • Eduardo Juárez Mejía, Director General, FINDECA
  • Rafael Gamboa, General Director, Fideicomisos Instituidos en Relación con la Agricultura (FIRA), Mexico
  • Israel Santiago, Plant Manager, Pueblos Mancomunados, Mexico (representing a Community Forestry Enterprise)        
  • Edgar Martínez, Head of the Forestry Incentive Program (PINFOR), Guatemala
  • José Román Carrera, Rainforest Alliance 

12:30 – 1:30   


1:30 – 2:30

Ideas, lessons and perspectives to bring new opportunities for private sector investments in forests and beyond

Timm Tennigkeit, Managing Director and Head of Climate Division, UNIQUE, will  share and seek feedback on preliminary findings, conclusions and recommendations of the knowledge product ‘Harnessing the Potential of Production Forests and Timber Value Chains for Climate Change Mitigation and Green Growth: Opportunities for Private Sector Engagement’ (financed by FIP and PROFOR). A 25 minute presentation will be followed by 35 minute discussion.

2:30 – 4:30

Scoring Forest Governance Indicators

This role play exercise will introduce participants to PROFOR’s forest governance monitoring and assessment tool. Participants will be presented with the case study of the mythical country of Sarandib. After an introduction to the context of forest governance within Sarandib, participants will form themselves into groups assuming the roles of different stakeholders within the country, and argue their points of view with the objective of coming up with a consensus score for each indicator.  

4:30 – 5:15

Summary and Wrap up

Prior to concluding, the CIF Administrative Unit and MDBs will introduce upcoming events, trainings and other activities which may be of interest to FIP pilot countries.

Closing remarks from Arturo Beltrán, Deputy Director, CONAFOR, Mexico.


Meeting adjourns


Day Three: Tuesday June 14, 2016

Field Trip to FIP Project site

Objective: Visit the community Ixtlán de Juárez in Oaxaca, its forest harvesting area and industrial site (sawmill, lumber drying and furniture factory) as well as learn the furniture making process on the industrial plant of Pueblos Mancomunados, and the point of sale (TIP Furniture).






Depart Oaxaca City to Ixtlán de Juárez Ecoturistic Center (Ecoturixtlán)




Welcome breakfast

CONAFOR, Ixtlán community authorities and Ecoturixtlán

Presentation of participants and formal welcome.


Executive presentation of community projects in Ixtlán de Juárez.

Ixtlán Community Authorities

Delivery of brochure with relevant information.


Trip to the community forest harvesting area.

CONAFOR and Ixtlán community authorities

Box lunch


Tour around the forest harvesting area

Community authorities and Ixtlán technician

Explanation of the forestry practices implemented.

(Group picture).


Trip to the community industrial plant.

CONAFOR and Ixtlán community authorities



Tour around the community industrial plant

Ixtlán community authorities and plant manager.

Explanation of industrialization process: sawmill, lumber drying and furniture factory.


Trip to Ecoturixtlán

CONAFOR and Ixtlán community authorities





End of visit to Ixtlán de Juárez


Trip to Macuilxóchitl, Tlacolula.




Tour of Pueblos Mancomunados industrial plant.

CONAFOR, Pueblos Mancomunados authorities and Plant Manager

Presentation of participants and explanation of the furniture making process and visit to point of sale (TIP furniture).


Return to Oaxaca City.


End of field visit.