3 May: REDD+ Project started in Pakistan


The Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+): Preparedness Phase for Pakistan project was initiated with a presentation by Dr Abdul Wahid Jasra, Pakistan Country Representative, on 3 May in Islamabad. The project will build capacity, strengthen knowledge on REDD+, and develop an inclusive REDD+ forum in Pakistan, leading to a National REDD+ project document and preparing Pakistan for the implementation of REDD+ projects. ICIMOD is implementing the 12-month preparedness phase jointly with One UN Joint Programme on Environment (ONEUNJPE), the Office of the Inspector General of Forests in Islamabad, and WWF Pakistan.

The initiation event was chaired by the Secretary of the Ministry of Climate Change (MoCC). Also in attendance was the Inspector General of Forests, the Director General for Environment of the MoCC, and the Secretaries of Forest Departments from all provinces as well as representatives from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the World Bank, LEAD Pakistan, and the Akhtar Hameed Khan National Centre for Rural Development.