REDD+ Himalaya: Capacity building for using REDD+ to conserve natural biodiverse carbon sinks in the Himalayas
As of: January 2020
Objective and activities
The project cooperates closely with the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) and government bodies of the four partner countries: Bhutan, India, Myanmar and Nepal. The project aims to prepare these partners in the Himalayas for results-based REDD+ approaches and supports them in the fields of ecological restoration and sustainable use of biodiverse forest ecosystems. One priority area is supporting the national REDD+ focal points to continue developing national REDD strategies. This is being combined with piloting REDD+ in conjunction with local forest users and indigenous groups. Cooperative agreements are being established with actors involved in the voluntary carbon market as well as other donors to fund compensation payments. The results are translated at national level into policy recommendations and fed into international negotiations in cooperation with the participating national REDD+ focal points and are also used to raise awareness.
State of implementation/results
- REDD+ pilot sites in Myanmar for the development of community based forest management are developing synergies with the Norwegian forestry and peace building programme.
- REDD+ safeguards are being actively addressed by regional ICIMOD countries.
- REDD+ action plans under preparation in Nepal, India and Myanmar with the objective to get REDD+ fully functional. ICIMOD plays its role as regional knowledge broker and officials from the region use ICIMOD effectively as a regional knowledge hub.
- The project contributes to the re-orientation of Nepal’s national REDD+ strategy as a result of Nepal’s decentralization efforts. The strengthening of subnational decision makers in a newly federal setting is being developed and supported by the project.
- A workshop on the synthesis of regional experiences with REDD+ was held in Myanmar from 30.10. - 03.11.2018. The UNFCCC Focal Points on REDD of the four countries were present and discussed the success of the project and further measures with ICIMOD.
- The project was represented at the Asia Pacific Forestry Week in June 2019 and the partners supported the FAO at a side event with the GCF to discuss the implementation of NDCs in the forest sector.