Co-Chairs’ Summary : First REDD Readiness Field Dialogue

On 26–29 October, 2009, The Forests Dialogue (TFD) organized the first of three field dialogues on REDD readiness. The meeting was held in Belém, the capital of the state of Pará in the Brazilian Amazon. A total of 43 stakeholders participated, representing business, environmental, social and human rights NGOs, indigenous peoples and government organizations, including participants from Guatemala. The field dialogue, officially hosted by the Governor of the State of Pará, was co-organized by Amigos da Terra—Amazônia Brasileira, the Roberto Marinho Foundation, Orsa Florestal and Amazon Solutions. NORAD, International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) provided logistical, organizational and financial support. The key objective of the dialogue in Belém was to catalyze and streamline a focused stakeholder interaction towards REDD readiness processes in Brazil, and to develop an informed and useful direction for the next dialogues in this stream in Ghana (November 2009) and Guatemala (January 2010).