KP prepares action plan for sustainable management of forest resources

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Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has prepared its Provincial REDD+ Action Plan (PRAP) to contribute to the strategy objectives and sustainable management of forest resource. The total indicative financial size of the PRAP is Rs 2150 million for ten years from 2022 to 2031, reads the draft document.

The PRAP has been prepared with technical assistance from Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation Pakistan, National REDD+ Office Ministry of Climate Change, Forest, Environment and Wildlife Department of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Forest Carbon Partnership Facility of the World Bank through National REDD+ Office, Ministry of Climate Change provided financial support in preparation of the Action Plan.

According to draft document, the PRAP outlines actions that support investment on improving local livelihoods to address local drivers of deforestation and degradation in order to achieve sub national and national REDD+ and forest policy objectives. The PRAP identifies measures and interventions that will contribute to national and global goal of reducing emissions. The goal of KP’s draft sub-national REDD+ strategy is to mainstream and enhance the role of forests in climate change mitigation and adaptation through effectively reducing greenhouse gases emissions from the forestry sector by controlling and reducing deforestation and forest degradation, promoting conservation and enhancement of forest carbon stocks and sustainable forest management.

The KP PRAP is contributing to the objective of putting in place the requisite policy, legal and institutional conditions and enabling pillars that are conducive for supporting REDD+ implementation in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The PRAP has been prepared stepwise using a highly interactive process entailing consultations with representatives of the multiple stakeholders.—APP