REDD+ district level consultations on Policies and Measures in Bangladesh

The Bangladesh Forest Department with technical support from the UN-REDD Bangladesh National Programme organized a series of consultation workshops at District level in December 2017 to discuss the possible policies and measures to address drivers of deforestation and forest degradation in Bangladesh.

In the workshops  participants identified potentials activities, actions, policies and measures to reduce deforestation and forest degradation which will eventually lead into the REDD+ strategies/action plan. Major identified issues were promoting and intensifying the use of alternate fuel sources to reduce fuel wood demand, reduce illegal logging by introducing alternative livelihood activities, curb forest land encroachment, clarifying land tenure, etc. Participants also stressed the need for effective enforcement of existing laws and policies in coordination with other institutions.

The four district level workshops were held in Rangamati, Chittagong, Cox’s Bazar and Tangail. A total of 266 participants provided their opinion in the workshops. A range of participants from the Forest Department (FD), Department of Agriculture, Fisheries, Environment, Livestock, Local Government, Community Based Organizations (CBOs), Co-Management Organizations (CMOs), Forest Dependent People, Local Community People, Academicians, Print and Electronic media were participated in the workshops.

The next four workshop in same issue will be held at Khulna, Sylhet, Dinajpur and Noakhali District in January 2018.

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