Office launched to monitor REDD in Nepal

Source: The Himalayan Times, July 16, 2010.

LALITPUR: The Project Management Unit (PMU), an office within the premises of the Asia Network for Sustainable Agriculture and Bio-resources (ANSAB), has been launched at a function in Kathmandu on “Friday.

The PMU has been launched to coordinate and manage the project for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD) in community forests, said International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) in a press statement today.

The four-year project (2009-2013) is funded by NORAD’s Forest and Climate Initiative, and carries out demonstrations on developing a REDD payment mechanism and related activities with the aim of strengthening the capacity of civil societies to take part in the REDD process, the statement read.

Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) and REDD+ are global policies under the United Nations’ Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

These policies, through incentive mechanisms, reward the forestry and land-use sector by paying for the conservation and maintenance of forest cover in an effort to reduce the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

ICIMOD, a regional knowledge development and learning centre serving the eight regional member countries of the Hindu Kush-Himalayas, coordinates the overall project and provides technical guidance its collaborating agencies namely ANSAB and the Federation of Community Forestry Users, Nepal (FECOFUN).