First Regional Workshop and Meeting of Partners


Based on the potential role of forests in climate change mitigation, there is now a common understanding on an emerging mechanism called ‘Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+)’ under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The main idea behind REDD+ initially was to stop global deforestation and provide incentives to developing countries for their efforts to reduce the resulting emissions. However, later on, the mechanism also sought to contribute to livelihoods and conserving biodiversity while sustaining vital ecosystem services. The details of a REDD+ mechanism have been discussed and now finally agreed upon and it is expected that a decision will come into effect at COP 21 in Paris. Countries across the globe are preparing for REDD+ implementation in the future through capacity building and developing national strategies or action plans in the initial phase called ‘REDD+ Readiness’. 

The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) started to engage in community carbon forestry in 2003 in India and Nepal and later on implemented a REDD+ project from 2009-2013 in Nepal. It also contributed to capacity building of REDD+ stakeholders in Pakistan in 2012-2013. Based on these experiences and the growing interest of RMCs, ICIMOD launched in 2013 its Regional REDD+ Initiative in Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Nepal, and Pakistan mainly to support the ongoing REDD+ readiness in these countries.

In December 2013, the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) agreed to fund the regional programme “REDD+ Himalayas: Developing and using experiences in implementing REDD+ in the Himalayas”.  The programme is jointly implemented by ICIMOD and GIZ in partnership with REDD focal points in the countries. It supports the four eastern Himalayan countries: Bhutan, India, Myanmar, and Nepal to improve the framework conditions for socially and ecologically appropriate REDD measures to mitigate climate change. In this context the measures primarily focus on capacity building and providing technical assistance to partners and stakeholders, as well as setting up a regional learning platform to enhance South-South cooperation in the context of REDD+. 

Further, ICIMOD receives additional funding for its REDD+ Initiative from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and UNREDD. 

Objectives of the workshop

The regional programme REDD+ Himalayas intends bringing together implementing partners from all four participating countries to:

  1. Formally launch the Regional Programme
  2. Create a common understanding on Partnership 
  3. Endorse the Knowledge Management and Communication Strategy
  4. Draft a monitoring and evaluation framework for the REDD+ Himalaya Programme
  5. Develop partner country work plans for 2016