Published Date: Jun 27, 2013
SDPI Press Release (July 27, 2013)
is facing real-time capacity issues and nepotism elements which are hindering
its performance for getting readiness support funds from UN-REDD”, said Kanwar
Muhammad Javed Iqbal, Senior Research Associate of Sustainable Development
Policy Institute, (SDPI) Islamabad while speaking at 10th UN-REDD Programme
Policy Board meeting held on 26th-27th June 2013 in Lombok, Indonesia. He
maintained that many countries around the world are now adhering to REDD+
agenda on fast track basis.
UN-REDD is the United Nations collaborative initiative on Reducing Emissions
from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD) in developing countries.
It assigns financial value to carbon stored in trees, creating a disincentive
to cut them down. “REDD+” goes beyond deforestation and forest
degradation, and includes the role of conservation, sustainable management of
forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks.
Javed chaired the proceeding on full member seat of Civil Society Organizations
(CSOs) in main UN-REDD Policy Board. Speaking on the occasion, Kanwar Javed
particularly stressed on addressing issues prevailing at operational,
procedural and policy board level process in UN-REDD.
his remarks, Kanwar Javed quoted the conflict between Panama’s Indigenous
People (IP) and Government Institutions on REDD+ Programme. “Panama episode
provides us an opportunity to improve REDD+ agenda and implement the refined
form in other countries where the system is at its initial round or reaching
towards maturity,” he went on to add.
also talked about Pakistan programme and said that “Pakistan should apply
proactive approach by taking United Nations’ findings on Panama as lesson
learnt and also the case of Colombia to gear-up the speed on REDD+”. He
demanded revisiting the present interventions and creation of a special ‘REDD+
Task Force’ with fair composition of Civil Society Representatives.
also informed of approval of US 4 millions Dollar for Colombia to support REDD+
readiness agenda in the country. Kanwar also proposed the utilization of US$
0.38 million for establishing regional platform and carrying consultations for
IPs/CSOs in Asia-Pacific, Africa and Latin America. This would help in fair and
effective representation of regional constituents, he added.