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REDD+ for the Philippine National Commission on Indigenous Peoples - Davao, Philippines


The creation of new markets in forest carbon credits has lead to the establishment of a number of private sector carbon companies, whose representatives are travelling through the tropical regions of the world trying to set up forest carbon projects. Pejoratively known as “carbon cowboys”, some of these individuals have taken advantage of weak government oversight and local people’s limited understanding about REDD+ to gain control over carbon rights. To avoid this problem, two seminar-workshops were held to help NCIP field staff begin familiarizing themselves with forest carbon projects and to investigate the implications of this new business activity for current administrative safeguards.


Day 1

Opening Program

National REDD+ Strategic Framework (NRPS)
Ms. Ester Batangan / CoDeREDD

Climate Change and the role of Forests in Adaptation and Mitigation
Dr. Aldrin Mallari / Fauna & Flora International

REDD Negotiations, Project Cycle, Carbon Markets and Standards
Dr. David Neidel / ELTI

Film Showing:
Imugan Experience, Kalangoya-Ikalahan of Nueva Vizcaya

Open Forum

Policy and Legal Implications of REDD in the Philippines: Legal framework
Atty. Gerthie Mayo-Anda / Environmental Legal Assistance Center

REDD and Ancestral Domain Areas (Spatial Analysis: Why Ancestral Domains are being targeted)
Dir. Romeo T. Acosta / Forest Management Bureau-DENR

REDD and IPs (Socio-political Analysis: UNDRIP and IPRA)
Atty. Jennifer T. Corpuz / Tebtebba

Revisiting the FPIC Process (cite cases)
Atty. Jeanette Florita / NCIP

Day 2

Presentation of existing carbon market mechanisms (VCS, CCBS, etc) & MOA Draft  for  NCIP: Discussion on Salient Features

Dr. Aldrin Mallari

Workshop Group Sharing: How did we respond/should have responded to the above case as NCIP?

Expected Output: Recommendations for additional NCIP procedures and processes to address carbon trading issues

Reporting from Group Sharing / Surfacing of Action Points

Discussion of Workshop Outputs / Consolidation of Reports / Presentation of a draft resolution on NCIP’s stand on REDD+, carbon ownership and recommended guidelines on FPIC and priority rights / Drafting of Guidelines for carbon trading for IPs, NCIP and REDD project developers/traders or other actors involved.