REDD+ Himalaya: 3rd Regional Review and Planning Meeting

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Background

As a regional intergovernmental learning and knowledge institution, the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) began committing resources toward carbon forestry and community support in 2003 in Nepal. This work evolved into the current Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) project from 2009-2013. Based on the early success of REDD+ in Nepal, ICIMOD’s regional member countries (RMCs) began requesting support for this programme as well. In 2013, ICIMOD launched REDD+ Himalaya in four Himalayan countries (Bhutan, India, Myanmar and Nepal) to support the ongoing REDD+ readiness.

The REDD+ Himalaya project has entered its full implementation phase with the support of German Development Cooperation (GIZ) and the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB). This project supports its partner countries to improve conditions for socially and ecologically appropriate REDD+ measures to mitigate climate change. Because the participating countries are currently at different stages of REDD+ implementation, we recognize the need to build a common regional Theory of Change and Impact Pathways while continuing to support the countries in their respective REDD+ readiness phases. This is being done by forging cooperation through a regional platform for promoting south-south learning on REDD+ in this region.

Rationale

In September 2015 and October 2016, the first and the second regional workshops were organized at ICIMOD where partner countries came together to assess individual country-specific requirements in terms of REDD+ readiness and to develop annual activity plans, including monitoring and evaluation, building partnerships, and designing communication and knowledge management strategies. The current workshop is organized to reflect on the progress of these plans by country and to make suggestions for future enhancement of these activities.

Objectives

  • To review and share the progress made with reference to the operational calendar;
  • To revise the operational calendar, where needed;
  • To review the monitoring and evaluation plan and review any deviations from the plan;
  • To review and update REDD+ knowledge management communication strategies and platforms;
  • To exchange important country documentaries and knowledge products on REDD+; and
  • To share insights and plan country-wise communication and knowledge management Training Needs Assessment (TNA) for REDD+.

Expected Outcomes

  • Drafting a consolidated regional annual plan for REDD+ Himalaya;
  • Review and endorsement of monitoring and evaluation plans by partner countries;
  • Drafting the 2018 annual plan; and
  • Review and update of the REDD+ communication and knowledge management strategies.

Participants