Multi-stakeholders Consultation Workshop on “Developing State REDD+ Action Plan (SRAP) for Mizoram”

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A REDD+ National Policy and Strategy is mandatory under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) for any country to receive international REDD+ funding. This accreditation is vital as the success of REDD+ depends on addressing inappropriate policies, measures, and governance arrangements across several sectors. In most countries, there are significant internal differences in forest ecosystems and the drivers of deforestation and forest degradation. As such, a REDD+ intervention should be tailored at the sub-national and local level.

A State REDD+ Action Plan (SRAP) responds to the challenge of operationalizing a REDD+ National Policy and Strategy and its component policies and measures by tailoring them to address local deforestation and forest degradation drivers and barriers to expanding (forest carbon) enhancement activities. Sub-national planning also allows local stakeholders to participate in the planning process, which will increase the transparency, ownership, and social sustainability. If possible, a SRAP should follow a detailed national strategy process so that it complements national policies and measures. This sequencing results in a more streamlined and cost-effective SRAP process and ensures the overall national coherence of REDD+. SRAPs can contribute to national-level policies related to REDD+ for each country, which also fulfills one of the monitoring requirement of UNFCCC regarding policies and measures.

Objectives

This workshop aims to understand the status and trends in forest cover change, drivers of deforestation and forest degradation, and barriers for enhancement for carbon sequestration, which will feed into a coherent SRAP for Mizoram, India. It will consist of a package of interventions with budget and monitoring that will emerge through a multi-stakeholder consultative process. 

Participants

The workshop will be attended by State REDD+ stakeholders, including community leaders and state level government institutions, NGOs and civil society members, representatives from the ICFRE, ARCBR, Forest Department, and ICIMOD. There will be around 50 participants.

Expected outcome

The workshop will discuss land use change, enhancement activities, and current and planned activities in the state to address drivers of deforestation and forest degradation, which will be the baseline for developing a SRAP. These outcomes will be discussed in another workshop on formulating intervention packages.