A multi-stakeholder workshop that aimed to find solutions to varied challenges of identification, management and monitoring of HCVs 5 & 6 was held at the MJ Grand Hotel in Accra, Ghana from April 29th to the 1st of May, 2014. The workshop was organized by the HCVRN Secretariat, in coordination with Forest Peoples Programme (FPP), Solidaridad Network and The Proforest Initiative, with financial support from Ecosystem Alliance, a collaboration between the IUCN National Committee of the Netherlands, Both ENDS and Wetlands International and their offices and partners in more than 16 countries.
The workshop involved participants from the public, civil society and private sectors from Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America, who were invited to participate based on interest, their general HCV practical experience and theoretical knowledge, their specific HCV 5&6 knowledge and experience, and their expertise in the implementation of the Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) approach in the context of commodity certification.
The workshop’s main objectives were to:
- Improve participant knowledge on the HCV approach, particularly on how to identify, manage and monitor HCVs 5 and 6;
- Motivate discussions among practitioners who utilize the HCV approach and other approaches such as FPIC on a regular basis;
- Explore the interaction between the HCV approach and other processes relevant to the HCV assessment process, such as FPIC;
- Identify specific guidance and tools that need to be created by the HCVRN Secretariat to improve the identification, management and monitoring of HCVs 5 and 6; and
- Put forth recommendations for concepts, language and definitions that could help strengthen the guidance currently being developed by the HCVRN Secretariat, such as the Common Guidance for HCV Management and Monitoring.