The Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) seeks to identify a Northern Observer from civil society for the Participants Committee.
- Civil Society Organization (CSO) observers to the FCPF will be established, not-for-profit non-governmental organizations (NGOs) with verifiable knowledge and understanding of the purpose, functions, and operations of the FCPF. Eligible NGOs include think tanks, advocacy groups, community-based organizations, and aid organizations. Individuals not affiliated with an organization and academic institutions will not be considered eligible for the purposes of this selection process.
- Observer organizations should have membership in, or subscribe to information from, at least one networking organization (i.e. an alliance organization that provides services to similarly focused NGOs) that is engaged on REDD+ and FCPF issues at the local, national, and/or international level.
- Candidate organizations will be asked to demonstrate their capacity to establish links with groups and networks outside of their home country, including grassroots-level and community-based organizations.
- Observer organizations should demonstrate an understanding of REDD+ policy and issues.
- In order to avoid conflicts of interest, observer organizations must disclose the scope of their organization’s funding with the multilateral development banks, export credit agencies, and governments in areas relevant to FCPF activities and programming and agree to declare any potential conflict of interest that may arise during its tenure as Observer.
- Individuals representing civil society observer organizations must demonstrate the capacity to communicate and negotiate effectively and the willingness and ability to interact actively via the internet and telephone with FCPF participants and their constituencies.
- Individuals representing observer organizations must demonstrate their commitment to open and transparent communication with any interested stakeholders in the FCPF process.
- Individuals representing observer organizations must be willing and committed to representing the concerns and interests of their constituents/regions – not only members of their own organizations, but also the larger community to whom they are accountable. They also must be able to report back to those constituents/regions on FCPF activities and programming.
- Individuals representing observer organizations should be able to demonstrate the ability to actively participate in FCPF meetings, which will likely require reading, understanding, and speaking English fluently or semi-fluently. Individuals representing regions should be able to demonstrate the ability to communicate in one or more of the main regional languages (e.g. French, Spanish, etc.)
- Each observer organization will be expected to appoint one primary representative who will attend FCPF meetings, and one alternate who can prepare for, travel to, and actively participate in FCPF meetings in the event the primary representative is unable to attend.
- Observers will be subject to recall if at least five organizations in the constituency in explain in writing their reasons for dissatisfaction with the current observer request a new (interim) selection process.
- Observers are eligible to serve two (2) consecutive terms of two (2) years maximum.
- It is good practice for Observers to: disseminate FCPF and REDD related documents of interest; circulate information regarding upcoming meetings of the FCPF beforehand noting items of potential interest, gather views of constituents on issues included in the agenda, especially views from civil society in countries whose readiness process will be discussed; and provide a report back regarding what happened at FCPF meetings afterwards.
Terms and FCPF Meeting Dates
Observer organizations will serve a two-year term, beginning March 2014. Individuals representing observer organizations will be expected to attend two FCPF Participant Committee meetings in 2014 and two PC meetings in 2015. The Observer will also be responsible for attending at three FCPF Carbon Fund meetings in 2014 and three CF meeting in 2015. They also may be expected to participate in occasional teleconferences, working groups, and other “virtual” meetings.
The Northern CSO Observer organization must be able to cover the travel costs associated with attending FCPF meetings around the world, including airfare and accommodations, as financial support from the FCPF is not available.
- February 10-14- comment period on proposed revisions to the voting rules and terms of reference for the Observer;
- February 3-28, sign up period to join northern NGO listserv to be eligible to participate in voting;
- February 17-28- Nomination period for Northern Observer Candidates
- March 3-14- Online voting for the new Observer
- Week of March 17th- Announcement of new Northern NGO Observer
- Only Civil Society Organizations (CSO’s) from the “northern” constituency are eligible to vote for the northern CSO Observer. For the purposes of this voting process, “northern” is defined to include the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia and Japan.
- Votes will be collated using an online voting mechanism (link to be publicized before the voting period)
- An organization with offices in multiple countries is treated as a single entity, eligible for one vote.
- The Bank Information Center reserves the right to disqualify fraudulent or ineligible nominations and votes.
- Setting term limits for observers (2 years, renewable once)
- Establishing a simple recall provision for observers, so there is one in place if ever needed. This would be something like requiring a letter from ten members of the constituency, calling for a new vote, if the Observer is not performing up to expectation.
- Strengthening the communication between Observers and their constituencies, and minimizing fraud in the selection processes, through more formal voting rules. This will involve an attempt to formalize the constituency that is able to vote through participation in an electronic listserv, by region, such that voting is limited to NGOs that have signed up to participate.
- Formally including the FCPF Carbon Fund in the observer mandate.
The World Bank acts as a trustee for the Readiness Fund and the Carbon Fund, provides secretariat services, and delivery partner for the FCPF, providing technical support to the REDD Country Participants and conducting due diligence on matter such as fiduciary policies and environmental and social safeguards. The Inter-American Development Bank and United Nations Development Program joined the World Bank as delivery partners for the FCPF.
Forty four REDD countries have been selected in partnership. The World Bank is conducting due diligence on REDD Readiness Preparation Proposals with a view to entering into readiness grant agreements of up to $3.8 million to assist these countries conduct the preparatory work they have proposed.
The FCPF governance structure includes a 28-member Participants Committee elected by the REDD Country Participants and the financial contributors and six official Observers, one each representing forest-dependent indigenous peoples and other forest dwellers, NGOs, international organizations, the private sector, the UN-REDD Programme and the UNFCCC. The Participants Committee provides feedback on the R-PP applications, develops policy guidance, and forms working groups to tackle difficult issues. Representatives from “Southern” and “Northern” civil society are included as observers to the Participants Committee. There are three Southern observers, one each from the Latin America, Africa, and Asia regions, and one Northern observer representing donor country civil society. The CSO Observers will share the 2 chairs available to them during meetings of the Participants Committee and participate in all meetings and working groups. In this capacity, CSO Observers have voice, but not vote, in the decisions of the FCPF Participants Committee and the FCPF Carbon Fund.
FCPF REDD countries for Latin America are: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, and Suriname.
Asia: Indonesia, Cambodia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Nepal, Papua New Guinea, Thailand, Vanuatu, and Vietnam
Africa: Cameroon, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Mozambique, Tanzania, and Uganda.
Northern: France, Australia, Canada, Denmark, The European Union, Finland, Germany, Italy, Japan, The Nature Conservancy, Norway, Spain, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, the United States