Meridian Institute provided ongoing strategic advice, process design work, and facilitation support to the Forum on Readiness for REDD. “REDD” stands for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation and is seen as an important way to help stem climate change. The Woods Hole Research Center in Massachusetts currently serves as the secretariat for the Forum, which also has a multi-stakeholder advisory committee comprised of indigenous peoples, international NGOs, and multilateral and bilateral institutions.
The Forum is a neutral convener that engages the full suite of REDD stakeholders (including local communities, indigenous peoples, and key actors at the international levels) to help build the capacity of developing countries with tropical forests to understand REDD and implement REDD activities to full advantage. The Forum also serves as a liaison between global REDD programs, major bilateral programs, and local communities. As a coordinating body, the Forum helps to inform and advance the global REDD agenda.
Meridian assisted the Forum with a range of activities, including:
- In 2008 and 2009, facilitating workshops in Cambodia, Vietnam, and Laos to learn about REDD activities in each country, introduce the Forum to local stakeholders, and explore learning opportunities and ways to collaborate on readiness needs.
- Facilitating a negotiator training workshop for individuals from developing countries.
- In 2010, facilitating a workshop in New York City to discuss approaches to collecting, assessing, and conveying readiness information, and to scope shared interests and issues related to developing a common framework for information on REDD+ activities.
- Facilitating numerous meetings of the Forum’s advisory committee.