Bangladesh National Programme

Programme brief

Bangladesh in 2005 emitted only 59 mnmt of CO2 as per Second National Communication to UNFCCC. The major emission derives from the energy sector (56%), followed by the land-use, land-use change and forestry sector –which is 26.5%. As a signatory to both the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC, in 1992) and the Kyoto Protocol (1997), the country is fully aware of the causes and potential impacts of climate change.

Hence, whilst devoting considerable resources to reducing vulnerability to climate change, and maintaining its path of economic development, Bangladesh is also striving to reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by adopting voluntary REDD+ mechanism under UN-REDD programme. As part of its long term strategies to reduce GHG emissions, the Government of Bangladesh has taken initial steps to prepare for the implementation of REDD+ activities. In August of 2010, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh became a partner country of the UN-REDD Programme.  It has established the national REDD+ Steering Committee. It has prepared the REDD+ Readiness Roadmap - endorsed by the REDD+ Steering Committee in December 2012. Subsequently, the government approved the UN-REDD National Programme in 19 June 2016. And the Government of Bangladesh officially launched the UN-REDD Bangladesh National Programme through an inception workshop in August 03, 2016.

Generally, the UN-REDD National Programme is designed in three phases – towards achievement of REDD+ readiness. Phase I involves the development of national strategies or action plans, policies and measures, and capacity-building; Phase II is the implementation of these plans, policies and measures i.e., piloting and brining necessary changes. Phase III being results-based actions i.e., emission reductions or carbon enhancements are measured, reported and verified against bench mark and payment is made if found successful. The UN-REDD Bangladesh National Programme is in its first phase of implementation.

The National Programme designed over a duration of 36 months, with a budgetary allocation of $2.3 million, and implemented by ForestDepartment along with UNDP and FAO, strives to - Support the Government of Bangladesh in initiating the implementation of its REDD+ Readiness Roadmap by establishing necessary REDD+ management processes, identifying strategic readiness options for completing its National REDD+ strategy, and developing the capacities required to begin implementation of REDD+. 

Programme objectives

To support the Government of Bangladesh in initiating the implementation of its REDD+ Readiness Roadmap by establishing necessary REDD+ management processes, identifying strategic readiness options for completing its National REDD+ strategy, and developing the capacities required to begin implementation of REDD+.

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