District-Level Consultation Process Completed for Pakistan’s REDD+ Project

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ICIMOD and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF-Pakistan), in collaboration with Gilgit-Baltistan Forest Department, jointly organized the concluding district-level consultation workshop with relevant stakeholders to identify drivers of deforestation and forest degradation in Gilgit Baltistan. The event, held in Islamabad on 21 January 2013 was the last workshop in a series of district-level consultations across Pakistan. Developed using inputs during the series of consultations and with assistance from an international expert to develop the capacity of national institutions, a national roadmap for REDD+ in Pakistan will be launched at a workshop in February.

Inspector General of Forests, Syed Mahmood Nasir, was chief guest at the event, and Ismail Zafar, Dr Ghulam Akbra from WWF-Pakistan, Farid Ahmed from ICIMOD, and Dr Abdul Wahid Jasra from ICIMOD were present on the occasion. Representatives from forest communities, local NGOs, and officials from government departments provided valuable feedback during the process.

ICIMOD is the implementing partner of the REDD+ Project: Preparedness Phase in Pakistan, which was jointly initiated by the Ministry of Climate Change, Government of Pakistan, ICIMOD, WWF-Pakistan and One UN Joint Program on Environment