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NGO submission to the co-chairs of the interim REDD+ partnership

On August 21 2010, the Interim REDD+ Partnership, an initiative developed by France and Norway to move REDD ahead in the absence of an international agreement, circulated a draft workplan. The plan arose out of a process that has largely excluded civil society and indigenous peoples. Stakeholders have been effectively excluded from recent meetings of the Partnership, through either last minute invitations, or closed meetings.

In response to the call for comments on the workplan, 34 NGOs from 20 different countries submitted this letter which denounces “the protracted lack of political will to ensure proper participation of civil society and indigenous peoples’ organisations in the processes of the Interim REDD+ Partnership.” The letter urges the Partnership to include a process to develop concrete and effective procedures to ensure proper participation and input to the Partnership initiatives.