Bangladesh paves the way in climate financing sector
Dhaka, 07 April 2013: The Bangladesh Forest Department, with the support of UNDP and FAO, held a national workshop at CIRDAP Auditorium, Dhaka, to share and discuss the progress of the national Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) Readiness Roadmap in Bangladesh. UNDP Bangladesh, together with FAO, has been supporting the development of a Roadmap for the Readiness phase of a National REDD+ Programme, through a technical advisory team of international and national experts.
The National REDD+ Steering Committee headed by the Secretary, MoEF approved the Bangladesh REDD+ Readiness Roadmap on 19 December 2012. With the approval of the REDD+ Readiness Roadmap, Bangladesh is now set to prepare itself for REDD financing for sustainable forest management, thus paving the way in the climate financing sector.
Currently, UNDP and FAO are assisting the GoB to implement two targeted support activities funded by UN-REDD on corruption risk assessment, social impact assessment and monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV), brining Bangladesh closer towards a comprehensive plan to realise the role of forests in tackling climate change.
Dr. Hasan Mahmud, MP, Minister, MoEF graced the session as the chief guest while Ms. Elena Tischenko, South and West Asia Division (SAWAD) Chief, UNDP addressed the event as Special Guests. Dr. Anasarul Karim, REDD+ Specialist chaired the session and Ms. Pauline Tamesis, UNDP Country Director, FAO representative, Mr. Yunus Ali, Chief Conservator of Forest, Mr. Haradhan Banik, UN-REDD Focal Point were among the other speakers. A large number of participants, representing a wide spectrum of government and civil society stakeholders, attended the event.
As noted by Dr. Hasan Mahmud, MP, Minister, MoEF, the Government of Bangladesh has taken major steps in moving the REDD+ agenda in Bangladesh since it’s joining in the UN-REDD programme in August 2011 through establishing the required institutional arrangements including creation of the REDD+ cell, national steering committee, formation of the working groups on safeguards, strategy and MRV to facilitate REDD+ preparedness in Bangladesh.
He also said that Bangladesh is now prepared to move forward in a coordinated and planned fashion through the three phases of REDD+. He added that Bangladesh does not see REDD+ as a climate financing mechanism only; sustainable forest conservation and management and halting the trend of deforestation and degradation are also equally critical for Bangladesh as is the need to protect the livelihoods of millions of extreme poor.
UNDP Country Director Ms. Pauline Tamesis appreciated GoB’s effort in forest conservation and sustainable forest management which has seen notable successes. She said, “GoB’s endeavors in social forestry, coastal green belt and co-management of protected areas are recognized both nationally and internationally.” She emphasized UNDP’s partnership with the GoB in REDD+ readiness, which is targeted towards building the capacity of the government to access future climate financing in the forestry sector.
In her speech, Ms. Elena Tischenko, SAWAD Chief assured the Government and people of Bangladesh about UNDP’s commitment to the UN-REDD Programme in partnership with FAO and UNEP to support and strengthen countries’ capacity for REDD+.
Participants engaged in a lively discussion about the opportunities offered by a REDD+ programme, and the challenges that Bangladesh will face in implementing the Roadmap.
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