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As one of actions to implement REDD+ activities, a national consultationon Policies and Measures (PAMs) toaddress drivers of deforestation and forest degradation was organized by the Bangladesh Forest Department (FD) with support from the UN-REDD Bangladesh National Programme on 10 June 2018at the FD.

"There are existing policies and measures for betterment of forestry sector; however, the objective of previous and today’s exercise is to focus on those policies and or measures that can address drivers of deforestation and forest degradation," said Mr. Abdullah Al Mohsin Chowdhury, the Secretary to MOEF, at the workshop.

PAMs can be understood as actions taken and or mandated by government. In the context of climate change, PAMs can guide actions to mitigate climate change by reducing the concentration of greenhouse gases (GHG) in the atmosphere and enhancing removals of atmospheric carbon. In the context of REDD+, PAMs aim to guide the implementation of REDD+ activities – emissions reductions and/or removals. As decided by a country, they are potentially in combination with other objectives, e.g. to integrate rural development and sectoral transformation.

The consultation workshop bought together key representatives with the hope to gain more inputs and feedback for PAMs improvements and where real drivers of deforestation and forest degradation would be identified and addressed – which would be one of the key contributions to the development the National REDD+ Strategy (NRS).

Participants of the programme   Mr. Abdullah Al Mohsin Chowdhury Secretary Ministry of  Environment and Forest address at the programme as a chief guest    Participants at the programme


More than 60 representatives participated at the workshop, including the Ministry of Environment and Forestry (MOEF), UN Agencies, Bangladesh Forest Department, Co-Management organizations, NGOs, research organization, universities, and private.

Mr. Rakibul Hasan Mukul, Conservator of Forests and National Project Director of the UN-REDD Bangladesh National Programme briefed about objectives and expected outcomes National Consultation. He also emphasized the importance of identifying PAMs as the main input to the development of NRS.

Mr. Mohammed Shafiul Alam Chowdhury, Chief Conservator of Forests of Bangladesh Forest Department said, "Attainment of appropriate management of forest resources is the key objective which can ensure sustained supply of forest services." 

Mr. Zahir Uddin Ahmed, Deputy Chief Conservator of Forests, Planning Wing and Convener of REDD+ Cell in Forest Department, thanked to the invited participants for their valuable comments, and said that their comments would be incorporated in the report.

The PAMs once validated will ultimately be incorporated into Bangladesh National REDD+ Strategy. In this context, a national level consultation is necessary to validate the suggestions obtained from various workshops and for subsequent improvement.


For more information, please contact Mr. Md. Moniruzzaman, the UN-REDD National Communications Officer at  

 

 

 

 

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