4 July 2014
Raising awareness and building capacity of land right holders and their organizations for policy advocacy in the Asia-Pacific region continue to be important as countries move ahead with REDD+.
In this context, the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP), with the support of the UN-REDD Programme, has joined hands with local organizations to promote closer collaboration and cooperation between indigenous peoples (IP), ethnic minorities, the UN-REDD Programme and government agencies implementing REDD+ in Bangladesh, Myanmar and Viet Nam.
Through partnerships with the Promotion of Indigenous and Nature Together (POINT) in Myanmar and the Centre for Sustainable Development in the Mountainous Areas (CSDM) in Viet Nam, national dialogues were held between ethnic minorities and the Forest Department in Yangon, Myanmar on 2 May; and with the UN-REDD Programme Viet Nam Phase II Programme in Ha Noi, Viet Nam on 9 May. There were 33 indigenous participants in Myanmar and 32 ethnic minority participants in Viet Nam. This included representatives of ethnic minorities from five out of six pilot provinces of the Programme.
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