The Indigenous Peoples and Local Community's Voluntary Carbon Market Engagement Forum

The Indigenous Peoples and Local Community’s VCM Engagement Forum is the principal output from a series of consultations with Indigenous People’s (IPs) & Local Community’s (LCs) representatives worldwide led by the Integrity Council for the Voluntary Carbon Market (ICVCM). The ICVCM received a clear signal of the need for an Engagement Forum to elevate IPs & LCs priorities, to provide closer coordination and targeted capacity building to support strengthening their role as both beneficiaries and shareholders in a high-integrity voluntary carbon market (VCM). 

Through an active and centralized engagement forum in the VCM, IPs & LCs can support and empower communities in the right way, growing IPs & LCs participation as shareholders and delivering significant benefits such as enhancing land rights, income opportunities, and biodiversity protection.

A forum built for and led by IPs & LCs.

We are now seeking nominations for members of the Forum Governing Board from IPs & LCs worldwide. Independent members of the Governing Board will translate the interests of their region and communities, providing strategic guidance, views, proposals, taking collective decisions on the Forum Strategy, and providing direction on delivery to the Forum Secretariat. 

You can read more about the role of the Governing Board member seats and the Forum in the Concept Note and outline Terms of Reference below.

Nomination Process for the IP & LC Voluntary Carbon Market Engagement Forum Governing Board

The Indigenous Peoples and Local Community’s VCM Engagement Forum is the principal output from a series of consultations with Indigenous People’s (IPs) & Local Community’s (LCs) representatives worldwide.

The Forum, which is a platform designed by and for IPs & LCs, aims to foster greater participation and bring about tangible benefits for IPs and LCs, including strengthened land rights, enhanced income opportunities, and biodiversity protection.

The Selection Committee for the IP’s & LC’s Voluntary Carbon Market Engagement Forum Governing Board

During consultation sessions with IPs & LCs in 2023, it was agreed that the ICVCM IPs & LCs Task Force should undertake a high integrity selection process for the Forum Governing Board members.

Following detailed planning, the Task Force decided to appoint two additional IPs & LCs representatives to a newly created Selection Committee to ensure that the Committee is fully representative of all the regional seats in the Forum’s Governing Board.

The Selection Committee will be a Panel of IP & LC representatives with experience of
the Voluntary Carbon Market, who will select the members of the Forum Governing Board.

The Role Profile is available here.

Terms of Reference are available here.

Become a partner of the Forum

To ensure a successful co-hosting and collaborative approach to the development of the Forum, a range of opportunities are also available to partner with the Forum. Read more about these opportunities in the Partnership Model below. If you would like to join the ICVCM and the Voluntary Carbon Markets Integrity Initiative (VCMI) in ensuring the Forum’s successful delivery, please complete the expression of interest form here.

We strongly encourage applications from women and individuals from diverse backgrounds. We are committed to fostering a forum that reflects the richness of perspectives and experiences from IPs and LCs’  – Indigenous Peoples & Local Community members invited to join new IPs and LCs VCM Engagement Forum to help shape the future of the voluntary carbon market – ICVCM.

To apply to become a member of the Forum Governing Board please click here.

IMPORTANT – Please be aware that all Nomination Forms linked do not allow users to save their progress and return to the form at a later date. Neither is it possible to edit the form after you have submitted your responses. Nominees may find it useful to produce a secondary document alongside the Application to refer back to and amend.

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