Asia REDD Regional Workshop
Pilot initiatives of forest-based CDM and REDD+ projects have been implemented in South Asia for the past few years, including a groundbreaking REDD+ initiative in the Hindu Kush Himalayan region (in Nepal) by ICIMOD in partnership with the Federation of Community Forestry Users, Nepal (FECOFUN) and the Asia Network for Sustainable Agriculture and Bioresources (ANSAB). This initiative is now in the advanced stages of designing measuring, reporting, and verification (MRV) and project design document (PDD) preparation, setting a regional pathway for REDD+. However, there is still a need to create a learning platform so that common issues and knowledge on REDD+ can be identified and shared among countries. This workshop will focus on identifying capacity and technical needs as well as financing mechanisms in the region. It will also provide a forum to discuss how to include social and environmental safeguards in regional REDD+ strategies and how to further involve local communities in the REDD+ process, and to identify the steps for promoting sustainable REDD+ strategies.