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Pakistan Observer

Published Date: Nov 20, 2013

National consensus to save forests reached

In a highly inspiring national consultative meeting held at FAO office
Islamabad and attended by the highest level secretaries of the
provinces, a consensus was finally reached on the Readiness Proposal
document. Qazi Azmat Isa, Chief Executive, Pakistan Poverty Alleviation
Programme was the Chief Guest. Also present at the occasion was Mr David
Doolan, FAO representative. FAO is committed to help save Pakistan’s
forests under a new mechanism called REDD+. REDD+ offers cash rewards to
developing countries that save forests and then pays them for the
carbon stored in wood. The REDD+ mechanism has standards and procedures
to ensure forest safety.

This meeting was a result of three
years of hard work in building capacities of local communities, NGOs,
provincial forest departments and forest owners. The consultation was
attended by a wide spectrum of stakeholders, including representatives
from Pakistan Gujjar Bakarwals, Guzara, Forest Advisory Committees of
Murree and Kahuta, as well as forest owners from Hazara, Gilgit
Baltistan and Ziarat.

Syed Mahmood Nasir, Inspector General of
Forests informed that Pakistan’s REDD+ proposal shall be defended in the
World Bank’s Forest Carbon Partnership Facility meeting. The meeting is
due in Geneva next month where only 3 out of 12 competing developing
countries are expected to get around US$4 million to implement the
project. Qazi Isa committed to provide support of highly trained human
resource of PPAF and announced to contribute US$0.5 million that PPAF is
expecting soon from sale of carbon credits. He further added that all
carbon income will be devoted to safeguard forests in Pakistan under the
REDD programme. The programme will also ensure active participation of
women and indigenous communities through PPAF’s on-field network.

Kanwar Muhammad Javed Iqbal from the Sustainable Development Policy
Institute (SDPI) emphasized the importance of community participation in
the REDD implementation process. Mr. Iqbal, who is also the elected
civil society representative in the UN-REDD Policy Board, added that
without healthy participation of community, Pakistan may not get the
required support from the United Nations or the World Bank. He informed
that Pakistan can earn from US$400m up to 4 billion per year by sale of
carbon stored in forests every year, much more than what the country
earns from annual textile exports.