RESOLVE is pleased to announce the results of the selection process for the 2016–2018 Forest Carbon Partnership Facility Civil Society Organization Observers:
What is the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF)?
The Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) is a global partnership of governments, business, civil society, and indigenous Peoples focused on reducing emission from deforestation and forest degradation, forest carbon stock conservation, the sustainable management of forest and enhancement of forest carbon stocks in developing countries. These activities are commonly referred to as REDD+. Learn more at https://www.forestcarbonpartnership.org/
Who are Civil Society Organization (CSO) Observers to the FCPF?
CSO Observers attend FCPF meetings and represent the interests of CSOs from one of the following regions: Africa, Asia-Pacific, Latin America-Caribbean, or Northern Countries. Observers cannot vote at these meetings, but have access to information and may speak to the issues under discussion. Paramount to the CSO observer role is engaging with regional CSO constituents on issues discussed at the meetings and representing constituent perspectives at FCPF meetings.
CSO Observers represent organizations based in a REDD+ Country or Northern countries and serve two-year terms. Observers can expect to attend two FCPF Participant Committee meetings per year; one Southern Observer and the Northern Observer will also be responsible for attending three Carbon Fund meetings per year.
Learn more about who is eligible to be a CSO Observer, their roles and responsibilities, and the selection criteria at: http://www.resolv.org/site-fcpfobserverselection/observers/
How are CSO Observers Selected?
CSO Observers are identified through a self-selection process that includes applications and a global election process. Interested organizations based in one of the REDD+ countries and a Northern country must submit an application to demonstrate their interest, eligibility, and qualifications. CSOs around the world working on relevant issues who have registered to vote then have the opportunity to vote to select the representative from their region.
The following graphic provides an overview of the process. A more detailed description of the process is available at: http://www.resolv.org/site-fcpfobserverselection/selection-process
Who is RESOLVE?
RESOLVE is a non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C. specializing in designing, facilitating, and managing collaborative processes to develop enduring solutions to environmental, natural resource, and public health policy challenges. For over 35 years, RESOLVE has made a name for itself in the field of environmental conflict resolution as being a foremost expert in helping stakeholders work together to address tough issues and reach enduring solutions. RESOLVE has successfully partnered with companies, organizations, and government agencies to create effective and credible stakeholder engagement programs and policy solutions that build relationships, manage conflict, and achieve goals.
Over the past several years, RESOLVE has successfully developed and facilitated the selection process for CSO Observers to the Climate Investment Funds (CIFs). Our work on this process included developing a set of guidelines designed to promote CSO engagement, identifying methods to increase efficiency and achieve credible, transparent, representative results, and managing an application and global voting process to identify CSO Observers. RESOLVE relied upon fundamental principles of public participation and the guidance of well-respected CSO members through the selection efforts. You can read more about the CIF CSO Observer selection process on our website. Given the similar process, RESOLVE was asked to provide process design, management, and facilitation support and services for the selection process for the official CSO Observers to the FCPF.