REDD+ is a mechanism under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to mitigate climate change through a reduction in net emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs) from forests. The acronym stands for “Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation, and the role of Conservation, Sustainable Management of Forest and Enhancement of Forest Carbon Stocks in Developing Countries”. Under the REDD+ mechanism, developing countries stand to receive results-based payments from the international community (specifically, Annex 1 countries), if they succeed in reducing net emissions from forests. The “Warsaw Framework for REDD+” (WFR) established the conditions that developing countries need to meet in order to qualify for results-based payments. One of these conditions is to prepare a “National REDD+ Strategy” (or “Action Plan”, or equivalent).
This draft National REDD+ Strategy for Myanmar has been prepared through a process overseen by a broad-based “Technical Working Group”. The process began with an analysis of drivers of deforestation and forest degradation. This led to the identification of an initial set of “policies and measures”. A number of consultations have been held on the policies and measures, and more broadly on the strategy itself, including with concerned ministries and stakeholders in each state/region (still on-going). To allow for even broader inputs, the draft strategy will be available for public comments on this website up to April 30th.
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