Stakeholders Consultation Workshop: Preparation of State REDD+ Action Plan for Uttarakhand

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A REDD+ National Strategy or Action Plan is mandatory under the UNFCCC for any country wishing to receive international financing for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+). ICIMOD’s REDD+ Initiative helped the Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE) draft the National REDD+ Strategy submitted to the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Government of India for approval.

For the effective implementation of a National REDD+ Strategy (NRS), countries must develop a Sub-national/State REDD+ Action Plan (SRAP) which provides site-specific interventions with detailed activities and budget. In most countries there are significant sub-national differences in forest ecosystems and the drivers for deforestation and forest degradation. This calls for REDD+ interventions to be tailored through programme planning and implementation at the sub-national and local levels. Sub-national planning also allows local stakeholder participation in the planning process, which will increase the transparency, ownership, and social sustainability of REDD+ programmes.  

Objectives

The main objective of this workshop is to understand the status of forest cover change, drivers of deforestation and forest degradation, and barriers for enhancement of carbon sequestration to develop a coherent State REDD+ Action Plan for Uttarakhand, India. This plan will consist of an intervention package, and a multi-stakeholder consultative process will determine the budget and monitoring mechanisms. 

Expected outcome

Sufficient information on land use change as well as current and planned activities in Uttarakhand to address drivers of deforestation and forest degradation (D&FD) will be gathered. The enhancement activities discussed and identified will provide baseline information for developing the state’s REDD+ Action Plan. These outcomes will be discussed during an expert consultative meeting to design intervention packages that address the identified drivers of deforestation and forest degradation.