FEDERAL Ministry of Climate Change in collaboration with the Punjab Forest Department, ICIMOD and WWF – Pakistan, organised a two-day provincial level consultation workshop on ‘REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) and roadmap development process’ in Lahore.
The aim of this event was to sensitise and enhance capacities of the relevant stakeholders in the context of REDD+.
Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in developing countries is an incentive based global mechanism designed to highlight the adverse impacts of climate change caused by human activities. The REDD+ programme is a voluntary, national-level strategy designed to give financial incentives under the United Nations Framework Conventions on Climate Change
(UNFCCC), in return for demonstrated, verified reductions in net Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions resulting from land use change and forestry sectors.
The event was attended by more than 50 participants, including representatives from Punjab Forest Department, Punjab Environmental Protection Agency, academia, civil society organisations and media.
The workshop’s context also touched upon the need for afforestation activities in Pakistan as forests are beneficial to humans and animals alike, act as catchment areas and regulate temperature and the rate of rainfall. Such practical uses of forests for sustainable
development were also under discussion.
Dr Amir Ahmad, secretary of forests, wildlife and fisheries, Punjab, reflected on the background and origin of the REDD+ mechanism at UNFCCC and hoped that Pakistan’s forest cover could be enhanced through such mechanism while keeping in view the livelihood of those associated with forests.
Other speakers highlighted the need for enhancing capacities of the relevant stakeholders to make the REDD+ a success in the context of Pakistan.