Consultation workshop on REDD+ National Strategy concluded under SJTFD   Jurisdiction

Figure 1 Group work outcome (One group)
Figure 1 Group work outcome (One group)

Stockholm Conference, 1972 was the UN’s first major conference on international environmental issues and marked as turning point in the development of international environmental politics. After 20 year in 1992, world came together in United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) or Earth Summit as a measure to economic development, destruction of irreplaceable natural resources and pollution.

UNFCCC, Rio Convention created a forum for countries to discuss on climate change. According to IPCC Assessment Report (2007), 17.4% of GHG are from the forestry and land use change. Due to this led by Papua New Guinea and Costa Rica, proposed an “Reduced Emissions from Deforestation in Developing Countries” (REDD) at the COP 11 held at Montreal, 2005. In COP 13 at Bali, 2007 REDD was expanded to REDD+.

Bhutan’s REDD+ program was started in 2010 with support from UN-REDD Programme and Bhutan REDD+ Readiness Preparation Proposal (R-PP) was accepted by FCPF in 2013. One of the main outcomes of REDD+ readiness programme was to develop Bhutan’s National REDD+ Strategy which is undergoing. REDD+ Strategy Consultation Workshop was schedule national wide in District and Communities.

Figure 2 Communities involvement for REDD+ strategy plan development
Figure 2 Communities involvement for REDD+ strategy plan development

Guided by the CFO, the Samdrup Jongkhar division had successfully completed the two days each consultation workshop in district and communities. The District consultation was attended by the sector heads of the Dzongkhag administration, different agencies, corporative, DoR, BPC and managers of wood based industries. In local level it was attended by the Gups, Geog forestry Officer, Tshogpas and CFMG chairman of four Geogs. This consultation workshop provided platform for both district and local level to contribute and raise issues in the series of planned activities to overcome deforestation and forest degradation in Bhutan.

The district and communities participants were very much contented for such a noble initiative from WMD as it also acted as an awareness program for climate mitigation and decentralization. The participants were very much delighted with the proposed activities, however each activity under the drivers received comments and few were amended. Some new activities were also raised. Both district and communities would like to welcome such similar activities and workshop for the intellectual enhancement and for national building contribution.

-DoFPS

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