23 May 2011: ICIMOD celebrates International Day for Biological Diversity as a contribution to International Year of Forests 2011


ICIMOD marked this year’s International Day for Biological Diversity by focusing on the theme ‘forest biodiversity’ as a contribution to 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 role of forests in climate change mitigation and adaptation, with special reference to Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) concepts. 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 extensive experience in forestry and biodiversity conservation. 

Professor Chaudhary emphasised the value of forest biodiversity, challenges in managing forest resources for biodiversity conservation, and future challenges in complying with the Convention on Biological Diversity’s Aichi Targets for 2020. 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.