Information
  • Lead-organizer: Nepal
  • 09:30 - 11:00
  • Date: 17 Jun 2012
  • Room: T-9

Documents
  • 138Nepal_Side_Event_Rioplus20.pdf
    Flyer_Community-based climate resilient forests: Pathways to green economy, improved ecosystem and poverty reduction
  • 318Brief report.doc
    A brief report of the side event
  • 319Statement_Secretary_MFSC.pdf
    Opening Statement by Mr. Navin Kumar Ghimire, Secretary of Ministry of Forests and Soil Conservation, Government of Nepal
  • 3201. ICIMOD_Madhav_Karki.pdf
    Presentation by Dr. Madhav Karki (Deputy Director General, ICIMOD) on building resilient forestry through community based-forest management (CBFM)
  • 3232. MFSC_Ram_Prasad_Lamsal.pdf
    Presentation by Mr. Ram Prasad Lamsal (Joint Secretary, Ministry of Forests and Soil Conservation, Government of Nepal) on policy perspectives and lessons learnt on community-based forest management towards sustainable development
  • 3244. Arboanut_Basanta_Gautam.pdf
    Presentation by Mr. Basanta Raj Gautam (Manager, REDD+ and Sustainable Forestry Unit, Arbonaut Ltd., Finland) on Nepalís Forest Resource Assessment: A foundation for sustainability in forestry
Photos
Community based climate resilient forests: Pathways to green economy,

Organizing partners

Ministry of Forests and Soil Conservation, Nepal
National Planning Commission, Nepal
Global Alliance of Community Forestry in Nepal
Rights and Resources Initiatives
Forest Resource Assessment Project, Nepal
Forestry Sector Co-ordination Committee, a multi-stakeholder forestry forum, Nepal

Introduction

Nepal is leading the community based forest management and witnessing substantial post-conflict political, institutional, economic and social transformations. The forestry sector is also facing a number of unfolding challenges and opportunities, resulting from changes within and outside the sector. At this juncture of Rio+ 20, the forestry sector of Nepal will be organizing a side event as the UNCSD provides opportunity a forum for a debate on global opportunities and set priority action.



The objectives:

? Articulate the linkages among community based forests, climate change, livelihood and the multiple facets of the green economy

? Discuss on how forests and green economy are mutually dependent; and focus on how community based forests play key roles



Four speakers will provide presentation on the following three topics: (a) nexuses between green economy and Forest - livelihood and climate change; (b) sustainable forest management and biodiversity conservation; and (c) the way to and from Rio for the forestry stakeholder

Detailed programme

1. Background

The UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) or Rio+20 aims - to secure renewed political commitment to sustainable development, to see how much progress has been made towards agreed goals; and look at the new and emerging challenges. The conference will be focusing on two specific themes: poverty eradication and sustainable development - in the context of a green economy and institutional framework for sustainable development.

Nepal is leading on community based forest management and witnessing substantial post-conflict political, institutional, economic and social transformations; and the forestry sector is facing a number of unfolding challenges and opportunities resulting from changes within and outside the sector particularly due to green economy, climate change, carbon business and payments for environmental services. At the juncture of Rio+ 20, the forestry sector of Nepal will participate by organizing a side event as the UNCSD provides important opportunity to debate on globally important opportunities and post Rio+20 possibilities and set action priorities.

2. Why this side event is crucial?
To achieve the goal of Sustainable Development through balanced considerations of social, economic and environmental goals and objectives in both public and private decision-making, where the Rio+20 conference must treat forest resources as one of its most critical topics.

The forestry sector's key contribution to Rio+20 built around two major themes, which are Green Economy and Sustainable Development. As part of its priorities, its contribution is intended to support debate on key thematic issues with a particular focus on tangible actions and initiatives on REDD+ and community based participatory forest management so as to enable the green economy through mobilizing local resources.

The forestry sector?s goal is to ensure that the Rio+20 outcomes and decisions firmly reflect the sustainable forest management agenda, and it includes a framework for action on forestry and green enterprises together with related mandates for forestry sector, including inclusive economic growth through REDD+ payment mechanisms, climate change adaptation and mitigation to significantly increase the forestry sector's contribution in the national economy.

In Nepal, community based forest management has enhanced ecosystem services while being more resilient to climate change and resource depletion; it diversifies products and enhances food security; it benefits the livelihood of poor communities at large. The existence of future generation will be in peril if forests are not kept intact; and also if forest ecosystem services are not in place.

3. The objectives of the side event are:
? to articulate the linkages among community based forests, climate change, poor's livelihood and the multiple facets of the green economy
? to discuss the themes and objectives of Rio+20 highlighting the fact that forests and the green economy are mutually dependent; and to focus on how community based forests can be placed in these discussions

4. Topics for the discussion
Topic 1: Nexus between green economy and the forests as as well as the livelihood and climate change
Some questions are - what is the Nepal's understanding of the Green Economy? what role does the forest - livelihood - climate change nexus play in the debate of the Green Economy and green growth? how Nepal is piloting accurate forest biomass/carbon monitoring to show REDD+ readiness?
Topic 2: Sustainable forest management and biodiversity conservation
Some questions are - how can the forestry stakeholders ensure the political commitment addressing forestry and biodiversity in the context of sustainable development?
Topic 3: The way to and from Rio for the forestry stakeholders
Some questions are - what are the next steps for the stakeholders to support the Rio+20 process and ensure a successful dialogue with a strong outcome of the sustainable development?

5. Expected Outcome:
? Opportunities in sharing updated good practices, scientific information, and regional, national and international perspectives
? Opportunities in promoting green economy in and outside Nepal by strengthening the bond between Community Forests, livelihood, climate change and biodiversity conservation
6. Speakers
? Mr. Navin Kumar Ghimire, Secretary, Ministry of Forests and Soil Conservation, Nepal
? Mr/Ms. representative from international community in Nepal (yet to be decided)
? Mr. Ghanshyam Pandey , Global Alliance of Community Forestry , Nepal
? Mr. Basanta Raj Gautam, Forest Resource Assessment Project, Nepal
Discussions and Interactions:
Wrap-up: Mr Yuba Raj Bhusal, Secretary, National Planning Commission

6. Outreach and Media
Media strategy is yet to be developed.

7. Space requirements
The expected participation for each event is of around 100 people. The target audience is the members of delegations, government representatives, development practitioners, private sector/business and industry representatives and organizations, NGOs. Venues for the side events will be requested in the main venue of the conference, i.e. the Rio Convention Centre.

8. Date and time
Depending on availability of time from June 17 to 19, 2012.

9. For more information please contact
Mr. Ram Prasad Lamsal: rplamsal1@yahoo.com
Mr. Ghanshyam Pandey: pandeygs2002@yahoo.com
Mr. Basanta Raj Gautam: basanta.gautam@arbonaut.com
Mr. Purushottam Ghimire: purughimire@yahoo.com
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