Pakistan launches REDD+ Roadmap process


On 21 February, over 70 forestry experts and stakeholders gathered for a national consultative workshop under the ‘REDD+ Project: Preparedness Phase for Pakistan’ to initiate a ‘REDD+ Roadmap’ process for improving forest protection and management in Pakistan. The workshop was organized by Pakistan’s Ministry of Climate Change, ICIMOD, and WWF-Pakistan, with the support of One UN Joint Programme on Environment. The Inspector General of Forests and national focal point for REDD+, Syed Mahmood Nasir, was chief guest at the event and the Assistant Country Director, United Nations Development Programme, M Gul Najam Jami, welcomed the workshop participants. 

The REDD+ Roadmap process launched at this workshop draws on the experience of several countries in Asia and the Pacific, backstopped by technical support from the United Nations Collaborative Programme on REDD+ (UN-REDD Programme), which will also provide additional financial support. Pakistan’s REDD+ Project has taken onboard an international expert on REDD+, Eveline Trines, for technical support on the roadmap process, and have received extensive technical feedback from Mr Ben Vickers, UN-REDD Regional Bangkok Office.

The REDD+ Project has completed a series of district level consultations across ten districts in Pakistan through which substantial data on the drivers of deforestation and forest degradation was collated. One of the aims of the national consultation workshop was to identify different working groups to develop the content of the REDD+ Roadmap this content will be developed in a series of meetings facilitated by the REDD+ Project. The project foresees another series of consultation workshops at the provincial level to synthesize the data already collected at the district level.

ICIMOD is the implementing partner for the REDD+ Project: Preparedness Phase for Pakistan, which is jointly initiated by the Ministry of Climate Change, Pakistan; ICIMOD; WWF-Pakistan; and the One UN Joint Programme on Environment.