REDD+ District-Level Consultation Workshops in Balochistan Province, Pakistan
ICIMOD and WWF-Pakistan in collaboration with the Balochistan Forest Department organized district-level consultation workshops in Ziarat District and Zhob District to work with local communities and other stakeholders to identify drivers of deforestation and forest degradation in their respective areas. The workshops, held on 18 and 20 December, were part of the series of district-level consultations planned under the Preparedness Phase of the REDD+ Project in Pakistan.
The Deputy Commissioner from Ziarat and former Chief Conservator of Forest from Balochistan were chief guests at the event in Ziarat. In Zhob, Haji Abdul Jabbar, a local political leader and community activist, chaired the consultation process. Forest contractors, media personnel, officials from various government departments and representatives from local forest communities and local NGOs provided valuable feedback during the consultations.
ICIMOD is the implementing partner of the Preparedness Phase of the REDD+ Project in Pakistan, which is jointly initiated by the Ministry of Climate Change, Government of Pakistan, ICIMOD, One UN Joint Program on Environment, and WWF-Pakistan.