Day 3 - September 17
The morning began with each small group presenting their ideas for the Community Statement, a message to policy makers and to the United Nations to be read at the awards dinner. The six presentations had various themes, ranging from the importance of linking poverty reduction and sustainable conservation, to the critical task of working with local governments and politicians in home communities. The key ideas presented were posted in the meeting room, and throughout the day, the community participants read through and marked the ideas they find most useful.
Next, the Global Manager of the Global Environment Facility's Small Grants Programme (SGP), Delfin Ganapin, gave a presentation that focused on the SGP grants. Ganapin highlighted the three qualifications that must be met in order to receive SGP funds: environment, poverty reduction, and local empowerment. A question and answer session followed, and community members had many ideas to contribute.
Before and after lunch, community participants from Uganda, Mexico, Venezuela, Cameroon, and the Philippines presented their projects.
Next, Nina Kantcheva from the United Nations Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN-REDD) gave a presentation explaining the Programme, which is being piloted in 8 countries, with 18 observer countries learning from the pilots. Kantcheva emphasized the importance of working with indigenous communities in piloting the UN-REDD Programme, guided by principles such as the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People and FPIC (free, prior, and informed consent). Community participants had many questions, which focused on how the UN-REDD Programme would affect their communities and community projects. Kantcheva mentioned the pilot program in Vietnam as an example of local communities being consulted for consent. As a final note, Kantcheva emphasized the unique role UN-REDD will play as an institution-changing program with a wide vision.
The day was completed with presentations by more communities, with participants actively engaging one another in discussing the community projects.