India has drafted a National REDD+ Strategy that is awaiting approval from the Ministry of Environment Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC). The overarching objective of the strategy is to facilitate the implementation of REDD+ in conformity with relevant decisions of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), specifically Article 5 of Paris Agreement, the Warsaw Framework for REDD+, the Cancun Agreements, and national legislative frameworks for conservation and improvement of the environment and the natural resources.
India’s National REDD+ Strategy is being formulated to meet the requirements prescribed by the UNFCCC. The strategy will also outline the process for developing three remaining prerequisites of REDD+: the national forest reference level, national forest monitoring system, and a safeguard information system.
In this content, ICIMOD, the Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE) and the State Forest Department Mizoram are collaborating to develop a State REDD+ Action Plan (SRAP). The SRAP process works with planners and multiple stakeholders in the development of sub-national plans for Reduced Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+). It is based on the assertion that sub-national REDD+ planning is essential for operationalizing the National REDD+ Strategies. This SRAP process was developed base on pilot SRAP experiences in Vietnam and Nepal from 2014 to 2016.
The SRAP methodology and process is based on international best practices, including the ‘theory of change’ approach to planning, monitoring, and impact assessment. Theory of change stresses stakeholder participation. Accordingly, multiple stakeholder workshops are central to the SRAP process.
The proposed SRAP process has five main stages: Prepare, Analyze, Plan, Monitor, and Budget. The ANALYZE stage (B) takes place mainly over two multiple stakeholder workshops: the ‘Problem Analysis Workshop’ and the ‘Solution Analysis Workshop’. The remaining stages (C-E) take place in smaller, and more technical, expert workshop (except for the ‘Safeguards Analysis Workshop’ which can take place in a third multi-stakeholder workshop).
To familiarize the partners in India with rigorous steps and procedures needed for developing State REDD+ Action Plan (SRAP) for Mizoram.
Attendees will include members of the Mizoram Forest Department, the Advanced Research Centre for Bamboo and Rattan (ARCBR) - Aizwal Centre of ICFRE, the Rain Forest Research Institute (RFRI), Assam, and the Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education.
By the end of this workshop, all the participants will be self-reliant on the procedural techniques to be used while developing a state REDD+ Action Plan for Mizoram. After this orientation, ICFRE is expected to take the lead in this work.