ICIMOD celebrates the International Day for Biological Diversity as a contribution to the International Year of Forests 2011

By Sunita Chaudhary on 23 May 2011

Kathmandu

ICIMOD marked this year’s International Day for Biological Diversity by focusing on the theme ‘forest biodiversity’ as a contribution to the International Year of Forests 2011. A talk programme on the topic ‘Sustainable management of forests for conserving biodiversity, developing the local economy, and adapting to climate change’ was organised to raise awareness of the importance of forest biodiversity and the linkages between forests, biodiversity, ecosystem services, people, and the economy. The event also highlighted the role of forests in climate change mitigation and adaptation, with special reference to reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+) concepts. 

Some 75 people gathered at ICIMOD’s headquarter in Kathmandu to celebrate the day. Two distinguished experts, Dr Krishna Chandra Poudel from the Ministry of Forests and Soil Conservation, Nepal, and Professor Dr Ram Prasad Chaudhary from Tribhuvan University, Nepal, gave talks based on their long experience in forestry and biodiversity conservation. 

Addressing the participants, Professor Chaudhary emphasised the value of forest biodiversity and the challenges in managing forest resources for biodiversity conservation and a continuous flow of ecosystem services to humankind. He also highlighted the conservation measures taken by the Government of Nepal and the future challenges of complying with the Convention on Biological Diversity’s Aichi Targets for 2020.   

Focusing on the role of forests in climate change adaptation and mitigation, Dr Poudel shared insight on the value of REDD+ and its benefits for biodiversity conservation. If designed and implemented properly, he noted, REDD+ can create immense opportunities for conservation, development and poverty reduction. 

Audience members were inspired by the talks and raised various questions for deeper understanding.  

- Sunita Chaudhary <schaudhary@icimod.org>