REDD+ Himalaya Initiative starts in Nepal

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Group photo at inception meeting oft the programme. Photo: ICIMOD

The regional project "REDD+ Himalayas: Developing and using experiences in implementing REDD+ in the Himalayas" is jointly implemented by the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. In partnership with REDD focal points it supports the four eastern Himalayan countries to improve the framework conditions for socially and ecologically appropriate REDD+ measures to mitigate climate change. In this context the measures primarily focus on capacity building and providing technical assistance to partners and stakeholders, as well as setting up a regional learning platform to enhance South-South cooperation in the context of REDD+.

The REDD+ Himalaya Initiative was formally launched during an inception meeting held from 8-9 June in Sauraha, Chitwan, Nepal. It is financed by the international climate initiative (IKI) of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB).

In Nepal, the project focuses on strengthening capacities of the actors for REDD+ implementation at subnational level and also exchanging experience and mutual learning on good REDD implementation practices for South-South Cooperation.

The Chief of REDD Implementation Centre, Man Bahadur Khadka, said Nepal’s efforts in the field of REDD+ is highly recognized and appreciated by the international community. "Three pilots were successfully carried out in the districts of Dolakha, Gorkha, and Chitwan, and now we are able to continue the work in the same districts to ensure the result-based action," he said.

The main idea behind REDD+ initially was to stop global deforestation and provide incentives to developing countries for their efforts to reduce the resulting emissions. However, later on, the mechanism also sought to contribute to livelihoods and conserving biodiversity while sustaining vital ecosystem services. The details of a REDD+ mechanism have been discussed and now finally agreed upon and it is expected that a decision will come into effect at COP 21 in Paris.

The REDD+ Himalaya Initiative receives additional funding from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and UNREDD.