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Belize - FCPF Redd Readiness Preparation Project : Restructuring (Inglês)

The objective of the FCPF Redd Readiness Preparation Project is to assist Belize in carrying out Readiness Preparation through a participatory and inclusive process in order to strengthen their capacity to participate in future REDD+ carbon payment transactions. The Project faced a number of challenges at the beginning of its implementation, including generally low levels of understanding of REDD+ among the stakeholders, delayed project approval and initiation of activities, gaps in project management and oversight, and initially insufficient stakeholder engagement and participation. In addition, these delays have been exacerbated by lengthy procurement processes and, most recently, additional restrictions and challenges posted by COVID-19 (in particular as they relate to an inability to conduct in-person stakeholder consultations and award new contracts under the Project). However, most of these challenges have been overcome and concrete measures have been put in place to ensure that related risks are mitigated. They include staffing of the REDD+ CU, establishment of the mechanism to facilitate stakeholder engagement with indigenous peoples, and continuous capacity building and support related to procurement aspects of the project, among others. With these measures in place, the implementation of planned activities is accelerating. However, given already experienced delays, it is not feasible to complete some activities and in particular SESA, land tenure assessment and benefit sharing plan before the original closing date (December 31, 2020). Given that these activities will provide critical inputs for development and finalization of the REDD+ Strategy for the Project to be successfully implemented and completed, the extension of the Project closing date by 12 months and related changes to the implementation schedule is being sought, as also requested by the Government of Belize (GoB) on May 19, 2020.

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