Deforestation and Climate Change
The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has provided a platform to the international community to negotiate and take measures for climate change mitigation. REDD+ has emerged as an incentive based mitigation mechanism to address the potential role of forestry of up to 17-25 % reported share towards GHG emissions reduction. Pakistan is a low forest cover country but has a significant potential for REDD+.
In December 2010, SDPI launched a programme, the Development and Capacity Building Support Initiative for its pioneer work on REDD+ in Pakistan. SDPI played an important, neutral and central role to support REDD+ development and implementation in Pakistan. For this purpose, MoUs were signed with key stakeholders (project developers, implementers, beneficiaries etc.). Institutional capacity was built through two-trainings, special lectures were delivered in the Punjab for capacity building, 3 Forest Assemblies and 3 Roundtables were arranged in KPK for awareness raising, 3 Seminars were arranged in Islamabad for highlighting the legal issues and challenges, special recommendations were sent to Federal Government and stakeholders for REDD+ support, strong institutional networking was done through SDPI’ PCI, Faisalabad Agenda 2011 was declared through stakeholders’ positive involvement for REDD+ support by relying on and sharing indigenous and available resources and expertise of participating institutions in it, and a policy paper was published that provides a roadmap for REDD+ in Pakistan by keeping in view the requirements of voluntary and compliance carbon markets.