District-Level REDD+ Consultation Process Enters Final Stage in Pakistan
In collaboration with the Sindh Forest Department, ICIMOD and WWF Pakistan jointly organized consultation workshops with local communities and other stakeholders to identify local drivers of deforestation and forest degradation. The workshops, held in Sukkur and Karachi in Sindh Province on 11 and 13 December were part of the series of district-level consultations held under the REDD+ project’s Preparedness Phase in Pakistan.
Forest Conservators from the concerned areas were chief guests at the respective workshops. Local forest community members, forest contractors, local NGOs, media personnel, and officials from various government departments also took part and offered valuable feedback.
The REDD+ project team will now conduct consultation workshops in the forested areas of Ziarat and Zhob districts in Balochistan Province on 18 and 20 December, respectively. The last workshop of this series, which will have covered ten selected districts in Pakistan, will take place in Gilgit-Baltistan during the last week of December.
ICIMOD is the implementing partner of the Preparedness Phase of the REDD+ Project in Pakistan, which is jointly initiated by the Ministry of Climate Change, Government of Pakistan, ICIMOD, One UN Joint Program on Environment, and WWF-Pakistan.