This month a 3-day workshop was held on Participatory Governance Assessment (PGA) in REDD+. The workshop, organised by the UN-REDD team and the Cross River State Forestry Commission, was attended by representatives from the communities in the three Cross River pilot areas, as well as NGO representatives. The workshop highlighted issues in PGA at the community level, and sought suggestions from the communities themselves on ways to overcome them. Engagement of communities in the REDD+ activities from the beginning is vital for the success of the project.
We were pleased to see representatives from our partner communities at the workshop. The representative from Iko Esai gave a presentation, during which he mentioned the involvement and support from CERCOPAN in REDD preparatory activities. With REDD+ now moving into the next stage, we are becoming increasingly hopeful that in the near future our community conservation partners will begin to reap the benefits they deserve for leaving their forests intact.