Conservation International (CI) is a Non-Government Organization that empowers societies to responsibly and sustainably care for nature, our global biodiversity for the well-being of humanity. Live & Learn educates, mobilizes communities, and facilitates supportive partnerships in order to foster a greater understanding of sustainability, and to help move towards a sustainable future. Conservation International and Live & Learn-Vanuatu are implementing a joint project focusing on Widening Informed Stakeholder Engagement (WISE) in REDD+ being a mechanism to address the role of forests in Climate Change Mitigation. WISE REDD+ is a global project funded by United States of America and implemented by Conservation International with partners in the five eligible countries (Peru, Costa Rica, Kenya, Suriname and Vanuatu).

The purpose of this project is to support governments in the five countries to both strengthen and broaden engagement of key stakeholder groups including government, civil society, indigenous people and local communities. Vanuatu is the only country in the Pacific participating in this project because an interest was taken in consultation and participation work occurring in Vanuatu that needed further funding.

The Conservation International Team is in Vanuatu for two weeks from November 2 to 14 to conduct meetings, trainings and workshop on Climate Change and the Role of Forests with the National REDD+ Technical Committee Member Organizations which is inclusive of National Government and the Civil Society Groups in Vanuatu. They will also deliver Climate Change and the Role of Forests, Training of Trainers (TOT) course and toolkit which is designed to expand the number of skilled trainers who are able to effectively deliver information on issues related to climate change and REDD+ to communities and other stakeholders.

This training methodology is not only focused on providing technical guidance but also building capacities on training design and facilitation skills. Since its launch in 2008, the Training of Trainers (TOT) materials have been translated from the original English into seven languages. The toolkit and methodology has supported CI’s REDD+ work in its member countries especially in the Latin America countries, for effective stakeholder engagement, particularly with for effective stakeholder engagement, particularly with indigenous peoples and other forest-dependent communities in more than 12 countries.

The approach of this event is to deliver the training course during the workshop so that participants will get a good understanding of both the content in the training manual and the training methodology. Facilitators will be using the same presentations, materials and activities that would be used in an actual training for local stakeholders. The materials provide a global context for climate change and key issues related to mitigation and REDD+, while giving trainers the flexibility to incorporate their own knowledge and experiences to customize the information for a local audience. During the workshop the training team will present each course session, which will be followed by an interactive group activity and a practical session at the end of each day. All training materials have been endorsed by the Government of Vanuatu for use in the country.

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