Facilitator’s Training Course on District REDD+ Action Plan

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Introduction

The United Nations Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN-REDD Programme) is a collaborative effort between FAO, UNDP and UNEP. It builds on the convening power of its participating UN agencies, their diverse expertise and vast networks, and “delivers as One UN”. Within the partnership, FAO supports countries on technical issues related to the four elements of REDD+ according to the Cancun Agreements of the UNFCCC, including National Forest Monitoring Systems (NFMS), Forest Reference Levels (FRLs) and REDD+ Strategy development, including the identification, planning and piloting of Policies and Measures (PAMs) designed to achieve Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emission reductions and/or removals under the national REDD+ Strategy.  

Nepal joined the UN-REDD programme in 2009 as an observer country. Since then, Nepal has made active contributions towards the global REDD+ agenda. Led by the REDD+ Implementation Centre (RIC) of the Ministry of Forestry and Soil Conservation (MoFSC), Nepal has developed a Readiness Preparation Proposal (R-PP) and implementing a programme of Readiness activities since 2011 mainly through the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) of the World Bank, and several bilateral initiatives.  A number of gaps in the R-PP and strategy development process were identified by the RIC and other stakeholders, and noted in the Mid Term Review of the FCPF programme in October 2013. To address these gaps, the RIC submitted a Targeted Support (TS) request to the UN-REDD Programme in 2014. As part of this request, FAO agreed to provide technical assistance in the ‘Development of Monitoring Protocols for REDD+ Policies and Measures (PAMs) using Proxy Indicators’.  

This technical assistance was implemented through an LoA with ICIMOD, and focused on the development of a District REDD+ Action Plan (DRAP) in Chitwan district, through which the key ‘intervention packages’ (IPs) for implementing REDD+ PAMs in the district were identified.  The methodology for this process built on guidance developed through the UN-REDD Viet Nam phase II programme. The Chitwan DRAP has since been endorsed by district authorities and RIC, and the DRAP methodology has been adopted by RIC and MoFSC for inclusion in the planning of REDD+ pilot interventions throughout the Terai Arc Landscape (TAL), to be financed through the Carbon Fund of the FCPF. To allow for the potential future application of the methodology to other administrative levels, MoFSC has adopted the methodology under the acronym LRAP (Local REDD+ Action Plans).

In order to build on the success of this intervention, a proposal was submitted by FAO to RIC in July 2016 for the use of additional FAO/UN-REDD funds for technical assistance, including replication of the DRAP methodology in another district, Ilam, and the initiation of one of the IPs under the Chitwan DRAP.

Objectives

The main objective of this course is to familiarize facilitators with the rigorous steps and procedures that will need to be followed while developing a DRAP for Ilam.

Participants

The training course will be attended by government officials from RIC/MoFSC, CNP, District Forest Office and District Development Committee, Ilam, Red Panda Network, GIZ, UN-REDD, and ICIMOD. ICIMOD will support the cost for all the participants according to its policy. There will be around 20 facilitators participating in this four-day training.

Expected outcomes

By the end of the workshop, the participating facilitators will become well-versed in the procedural techniques that will be used during the multi-stakeholder’s consultation process for developing Ilam’s DRAP.