About Us: Community Peer Forum
In November 2011, 12 Latin American community leaders met in Antigua, Guatemala to discuss climate change, compensation and payments for ecosystem services (C/PES), and Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+). During this meeting, there was a general consensus on the usefulness and necessity of a space, or forum, for the exchange of lessons learned in forest governance, climate change adaptation, and environmental services schemes, as a way to strengthen their capacity and influence to secure their rights.
The Community Peer Forum was launched to provide a space for leaders and their respective communities and organizations to share direct experiences on project development and policy engagement on issues related to integrated territorial management, forest governance, climate change and PES. The current focus of the Forum is on Latin America, but with increasing participation of communities in Africa.
The Forum focus on key issues for indigenous and campesino organizations in the region, such as:
- Discuss the nature and purpose of payment or compensation mechanisms for ecosystem services and
- Influence public policy so that C/PES and REDD+ can contribute to the conservation of ecosystems, respect traditional rights, and improve the livelihoods of local communities.