First Meeting of Working Groups for the REDD+ Project: Prepareness Phase for Pakistan Held in Islamabad


The first meeting of the members of four working groups, identified during a national workshop earlier in the year to ensure the maximum number of stakeholders is involved in developing the REDD Readiness Roadmap, was held in Islamabad on 3 May. The meeting was jointly organized by the Ministry of Climate Change, ICIMOD, and WWF-Pakistan under the REDD+ Preparedness Phase Project. Inspector General of Forests Syed Mahmood Nasir formally inaugurated the meeting by highlighting various aspects and challenges of the REDD Readiness Roadmap process. More than 30 members of the working groups from various government departments, civil society organizations, academia, and UN agencies participated in the meeting and agreed on the Terms of Reference that were drafted during the national workshop. The different working groups also nominated their respective Chairs and Secretaries to steer the process of collecting information for the Roadmap document. 

In addition, the fourth Provincial Workshop under the REDD+ Project was held in Gilgit on 7–8 May to build the capacity and sensitize relevant stakeholders on REDD+, as well as consult on development of the REDD+ Roadmap for Pakistan. The workshop was attended by more than 35 participants, including representatives from the Gilgit-Baltistan Forest Department, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), academia, local NGOs and other government agencies. The event was inaugurated by the Secretary of Forests, Wildlife and Environment, Government of Gilgit-Baltistan, Khadim Hussain Saleem. He appreciated efforts of the Ministry of Climate Change, ICIMOD, and WWF for organizing the event and giving due importance to the forests of Gilgit-Baltistan. He also stressed the need for holding such events more frequently so as to keep pace with recent REDD+ developments.

ICIMOD is the implementing partner of the REDD+ Project: Preparedness Phase for Pakistan, which is jointly initiated by the Ministry of Climate Change, Government of Pakistan, ICIMOD, One UN Joint Program on Environment and WWF-Pakistan.