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Forest Carbon Partnership Facility. Evolution of FCPF Readiness Plan Concept: Early Lessons and a Path Forward. Participants Committee Meeting (FCPF PC3) Montreux, Switzerland June 16-18, 2009. Outline and Rationale. Outline of presentation: Issues and lessons from “R-Plan” process

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Forest Carbon Partnership Facility

Evolution of FCPF Readiness Plan Concept: Early Lessons and a Path Forward

Participants Committee Meeting (FCPF PC3)

Montreux, Switzerland

June 16-18, 2009


Outline and Rationale

  • Outline of presentation:

    • Issues and lessons from “R-Plan” process

    • Proposal for a path forward.

  • Learning from 3 early-actor R-Plans:

    • FCPF R-Plan template invented to identify information needed.

    • Holistic concept of R-Plan is challenging:

      • Countries newly encouraged to look across sectors, ministries, issues.

    • 3 R-Plan submissions  insights about what countries can provide, and what FCPF needs.

  • FCPF is a Partnership: We are all learning together.


Early Lessons on R-Plan Template

  • Countries desire simpler template.

  • Harmonize with UN-REDD.

  • Title “R-Plan” raises expectations that a full plan is ready, when countries really presenting a proposal

  • Shift to planning document that identifies funding priorities and timing –- to enable funding decisions.

  • 18 review criteria difficult to operationalize. Are these the right criteria?

  • Terms of Reference not always actionable.

  • Role of the PC, the Bank, and the TAP still evolving.


Early Lessons on R-Plan Content

  • Assessment of deforestation drivers not yet adequate to inform REDD strategy choices.

    • Additional studies needed in Readiness phase.

  • Reference scenario, monitoring, REDD Implementation Framework, etc. proposed activities and ToRs still need further elaboration.

  • Countries need funding for studies to advance thinking.

  • Substantial consultations needed with representative stakeholders during writing of the R-Plan.

    • Overly high expectations, given that country’s REDD strategy still needs to be decided.

    • Thus, consultation needs to be phased in, and continuous.

  • Timing and application of World Bank Safeguards not yet clearly understood (discussed later in presentation).


FCPF Partnership of 37 Countries with

Varying Forest & Development Contexts

How to define what R-Plan should contain for each?


Implications for Assessment of Early R-Plans

  • Thus, assessing first R-Plans is challenging:

    • Each domestic & international stakeholder group seeks to meet its global expectations for REDD via first country R-Plan.

    • What does an R-Plan need to accomplish ?

  • Key issue: How much information, consultations, etc. necessary for early preparation for REDD Readiness ??

R-PIN Current “R-Plan” Achieving Readiness

How Much Consultation? How Specific REDD Strategy??

WHERE TO BE ??

Not Enough Info.? Perfect Information?


Role of PC in Reviewing R-PP

  • Provision under the Charter:

    “REDD Country Participant shall, on the basis of the Readiness Plan Idea Note, develop a Readiness Plan and submit it to the FMT for review and approval by the PC.”

  • Implication of the word “approval”:

    - Giving formal sanction or confirming authoritatively

  • But, the action of “approval” does not accurately reflect experiences of Readiness preparation process.


A Proposal for Moving Ahead:

R-Preparation Proposal onto R-Package

  • “Readiness Preparation Proposal” focuses on 4 key building blocks + what is knowable now.

  • Includes request for funding of activities.

  • Full “Readiness Package” details come later, when known.

  • Allows time & funding for consultations & progress on most topics.

  • Harmonizes with UN-REDD as feasible.

Readiness Package:

Full description of Readiness

R- Preparation Proposal


ToR & R-PP WORK

Proposed: R-Preparation Proposal

Leads to Readiness Package

R- PP

R – Package; Achieving Readiness

R-PIN

Framework consultations > ORGANIZE & CONSULT > Broad

General REDD STRATEGY Specific

REFERENCE SCENARIO

NATIONAL MONITORING SYSTEM


Advantages of Proposed R-PP

  • Acknowledges countries not ready to fully describe REDD activities

  • Strives to start funding REDD analytic work to inform country’s REDD strategy development, reference scenario, etc.

  • Readiness Package remains the major product of Readiness process

  • Establishes need for consultations up front:

    • Starts with framework consultations with representative groups of stakeholders, and stakeholder analysis …

    • Then broadens and deepens over time.


Progress on Harmonization with UN-REDD

  • FCPF & UN-REDD actively working to harmonize, per PC request

  • Goal is to simplify what a country needs to produce

  • Propose 4 key common components:

    • Organize and Consult

    • • REDD Strategy

    • Reference Scenario

    • National Monitoring System

    • • + Budget & Schedule; Program Monitoring & Evaluation

  • Propose common budget sheets

  • Drafting common Consultation Guidance


Proposing Harmonization with UN-REDD

FCPF –PP for National REDD Activities

Organize and Consult

UN-REDD

NJPD

(for Funding and Administration)

FCPF Grant Agreement

(for Funding and Administration)

REDD Strategy/

Priority Setting

Reference Scenario

National Monitoring System

Review by Expert Panel drawn from Common Roster of Experts


Working to Clarify How and When

World Bank Safeguards Apply

  • PC discussion in Panama asked:

    • When do WB Safeguards apply, at what stage?

    • How will they be applied, e.g., for consultation?

  • Bank internal discussions suggest:

    • Build on international good practices for consultations, environmental and social safeguards

    • Reviewing how WB Safeguards apply to FCPF stages, suggesting:

      • Development of overarching frameworks first, then

      • More specific Safeguards applied once the REDD strategy and activities become known.


Potential Next Steps: 1

  • Discussion by PC

  • If R-PP approach accepted, FMT revises R – PP template for new submissions

  • 3 submitted R-Plans are grandfathered in ?

  • Training and tech assistance


Potential Steps 2: Role of PC in Reviewing R-PP

Recommendations, in light of this R-PP proposal:

1) Review and assess the 3 existing R-Plans on the basis of the criteria proposed in Program Note (FMT2009-1 Rev.4 on “Review and Assessment of Readiness Preparation Proposals”;

Make recommendations for areas for improvement;

Determine whether an R-PP provides a sufficient basis to proceed with a Readiness Preparation Grant (up to US$3.6 million)

2) Consider the applicability of the existing Program Note criteria for any new R-PP proposals.


Potential Steps 3:

Training and Tech Assistance

  • Propose: R – PP training event:

    • Tentatively July

    • Via Skype and Video Conference from World Bank offices

    • Ask 3 countries with submitted R-Plans to share their experience & process with others

    • FMT and TAP experts walk through major components

    • Record event for later use by FCPF countries?

  • Propose: Regional Workshops?

    • AFRICA, SE ASIA, LATIN AMERICA?

    • August to December, as feasible?


Potential Steps 4:

Training and Tech Assistance? (2)

  • Coordinate or provide technical assistance, as feasible.

  • Potential examples:

    • REDD strategy development

    • Deforestation and opportunity cost analysis

    • Reference scenario development

    • National Monitoring System design

    • Distributive aspects of REDD

    • National REDD registry

  • Cooperate with international organizations (FAO, UNDP, UNFCCC, CfRN, etc.)

  • Regional collaboration, sharing of experiences in R-Plan formulation


Thank you!


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