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Bangladesh Paves the Way in Climate Financing Sector

National Workshop on REDD+ highlights progress achieved in Bangladesh’s national REDD+ Readiness Roadmap.

The Bangladesh Forest Department, with the support of UN-REDD Programme teams at UNDP and FAO, held a national workshop in Dhaka on 7 April 2013, to share and discuss progress on the national REDD+ Readiness Roadmap in Bangladesh. Approximately 140 participants, representing a wide spectrum of government and civil society stakeholders, attended the event and engaged in a lively discussion about the opportunities offered by a REDD+ programme, and the challenges that Bangladesh will face in implementing the Roadmap.

Participants discussing REDD+ progress and way forward at the National Workshop held in April 2013 in Bangladesh

Since August 2010, 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, Ministry of Environment and Forests 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 Government of Bangladesh to implement two targeted support activities funded by the UN-REDD Programme on corruption risk assessment, social impact assessment and monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV), bringing Bangladesh closer towards a comprehensive plan to realise the role of forests in tackling climate change.

Bangladesh has taken major steps in moving the REDD+ agenda forward since it joined the UN-REDD Programme in August 2011, by establishing the required institutional arrangements including creation of the REDD+ cell, national steering committee, formation of working groups on safeguards, strategy and MRV to facilitate REDD+ preparedness.

During the workshop, Dr Hasan Mahmud, Minister of Environment and Forests, noted 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 the country as is the need to protect the livelihoods of millions of extreme poor.





In this issue


UN-REDD Hosts Regional Workshop on Social and Environmental Safeguards

Strengthening Forest Related Frameworks to Support REDD+ Implementation

Bangladesh Paves the Way in Climate Financing Sector

Cambodian National REDD+ Taskforce Established

Zambia Steps up Efforts on Stakeholder Engagement Ahead of REDD+ Strategy

CBFP-COMIFAC Strengthens Gender Equality Considerations

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12th Session of United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
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