Jointly organized by the Swedish International Development and Cooperation Agency (SIDA) and The Centre for People and Forests (RECOFTC), the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) hosted an expert group meeting on “Environmental Change through Participation”. This event formed part of the joint project “The value of empowerment and participation on implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” developed by ESCAP and SIDA since 2018. This meeting sought to promote empowerment and participation by key stakeholders in their daily practices that are environmentally sustainable for the overall objective of accelerated delivery of environment-related SDGs (SDG 2, 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 15 and 16) in Asia and the Pacific. Initial stages of the project involved the collection of case studies that showcased experiences and insights that were gained from this bottom-up approach.
The expert group meeting provided an opportunity for open consultation among experts as they shared perspectives and insights via the presentation of an assessment report inclusive of a comparative review of submitted case studies, prepared by RECOFTC. Subsequently, the challenges associated with stakeholder engagement and participation were discussed.
As the next stage of the project developed by ESCAP and SIDA, one of the primary objectives of the expert group meeting was to assess the establishment a regional network of experts. This contributed towards creating an open regional dialogue to promote environmental practices and develop practical recommendations that fostered public participation in environmental issues.
For further information, please refer to the concept note and program attached.
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