District Consultation Workshop on Developing Interventions of District REDD+ Action Plan

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Nepal joined the UN-REDD programme in 2009 as an observer country. Since then, Nepal has made active contributions towards the global REDD+ agenda. Led by the REDD Implementation Centre (REDD IC) of the Ministry of Forestry and Soil Conservation (MoFSC), Nepal developed a Readiness Preparation Proposal (R-PP) and has been implementing a programme of Readiness activities since 2011, mainly through the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) of the World Bank, and several bilateral initiatives.

A number of gaps in the current strategy development process were identified by the REDD Implementation Centre and other stakeholders, and noted in the Mid Term Review of the FCPF programme in October 2013. To address these gaps, in 2013 the REDD Implementation Centre conducted studies on the drivers of deforestation and forest degradation (D&FD) and on the design of a REDD+ fund management system, with financial assistance from the UN-REDD Programme’s Targeted Support facility, and technical assistance from the UNDP.

ICIMOD has now established a Regional REDD+ Initiative with support from the Norwegian Foreign Ministry and the German Environment Ministry (BMU) and technical support from GIZ. For activities in Nepal, the REDD+ Initiative will partner with the REDD Implementation Centre and focus on Chitwan district for sub-national capacity development activities. Chitwan also falls within the Terai Arc Landscape, which is the focus of Nepal’s Emissions Reductions Project Idea Note (ER-PIN) under the FCPF Carbon Fund, and is therefore a priority area for the REDD Implementation Centre.

Objectives

The objectives of the consultation workshop are to: 

  • Understand the status and trends related to forest cover change, drivers of deforestation and forest degradation (D&FD) 
  • Explore possible solutions for ongoing D&FD
  • Conduct stakeholder mapping for District REDD+ Action Plan for Chitwan. 

Participants

The workshop will be attended by district level REDD+ stakeholders, community forest user groups and buffer zone management committee, district level government Institutions, NGOs and civil society members, and representatives from the MoFSC, REDD IC and FAO.

Expected outcomes

The workshop is expected to: 

  • Improve the participants’ understanding of land use change 
  • Identify current and planned activities in the district to address the drivers of D&FD in order to develop District REDD+ Action Plan (DRAP) 
  • Contribute in the development of the district level REDD Strategy

These outcomes will be further discussed at another workshop on Policy and Measures (PAM) indicators for Chitwan district.