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A series of regional consultations on the process of identifying Policies and Measures (PAMs) in preparation of a REDD+ Bangladesh National Strategy or Action Plan (NS/AP) took place in Rangamati, Chittagong, Cox’s bazar, Tangail, Khulna, Dinajpur, Noakhali, and Moulvibazar districts of Bangladesh from December 2017 – January 2018.

Bangladesh is preparing its REDD+ National Strategy as a signatory to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UNFCCC has taken a number of decisions in recent years to encourage developing country Parties to take climate change mitigation actions in forestry sector. The role of forests and reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, and the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks in developing countries (REDD+) have been fully recognized and enshrined in the Paris Agreements.

Md. Mozahed Hossain Additional Secretary Ministry of Environment and Forests MoEFaddressing at the program in Dinajpur

Md. Mozahed Hossain, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Forests addressing at the program in Dinajpur.

For financial payment, it is one of the four main required elements of REDD+ under the UNFCCC that the country needs to complete a REDD+ NS/AP. The strategy needs to be implementable and credible as well as to ensure that actual key drivers and PAMs are identified.

Conflicting or overlapping policies, strategies, plans and programs have been a critical challenge in natural resources and climate finance management sectors in Bangladesh. In developing effective REDD+ PAMs, Bangladesh must seek a practical middle-ground to harmonize within the existing policy regime. Therefore, it is important to discuss and identify the right actions and PAMs to address key drivers of deforestation and forest degradation and impending issues in the regions.

Consequently, these eight multi-stakeholder consultations, using a systematic process at the sub-national level, have brought together senior officials of the Forest Department with relevant Government ministries and departments, including the Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF), Department of Agriculture, Department of Fisheries, Department of Environment, Department of Livestock, as well as elected local government, technical agencies and administrative units at the local level, senior representatives of the established conservation NGOs, civil society and activists, representatives from the academia, print and electronic media, and representatives from the grassroots level conservation stewards, including forest-dependent local communities.

During the consultations on PAMs, participants identified a number of potential measures against the major drivers of deforestation i.e., fuelwood harvesting, illegal logging, encroachment of forest land, expansion of agriculture, land tenure and lack of governance.

Suggested measures and additional recommendations flowing from the consultations will be incorporated into a PAMs report and, eventually, into the REDD+ strategy and or action plan in Bangladesh. The UN-REDD Bangladesh National Programme with technical support from UNDP and FAO is working with the Forest Department (FD) on this process.

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