The Federal Ministry of Climate Change in collaboration with the Punjab Forest Department and WWF – Pakistan organised a two-day provincial level consultation workshop on ‘REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) and Roadmap development process’ in Lahore. The main aim of this event was to sensitize and enhance capacities of the relevant stakeholders in the context of REDD+.

Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation in developing countries (REDD) is an incentive based global mechanism designed to highlight the adverse impacts of climate change caused by human activities.

 The REDD+ program is a voluntary, national-level strategy designed to give financial incentives under the United Nations Framework Conventions on Climate Change (UNFCCC), in return for demonstrated, verified reductions in net Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions resulting from land use change and forestry sectors.

The event was attended by more than 50 participants including representatives from Punjab Forest Department (CCFs, CFs & DFOs), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Punjab, academia, civil society organizations, media personnel and environmental journalists, and other Government Agencies. The workshop’s context also touched upon the need for forestation activities in Pakistan as forests are beneficial to humans and animals alike, act as catchment areas and regulate temperature and the rate of rainfall. Such practical uses of forests for sustainable development were also under discussion.

Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Guest Dr. Amir Ahmad, Secretary Forests, Wildlife and Fisheries Punjab appreciated the efforts of MoCC, WWF and ICIMOD towards organizing the event.