Countries in the Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH) region have historically taken diverse initiatives towards sustainable forest management (SFM) aimed at conserving critical ecosystems. To protect resources by regulating access to these resources, indigenous people and local communities of the HKH region have developed diverse and well-established norms and procedures. Given the rich diversity in ecology and society in the region, the specifc institutional and technological practices and innovations are also diverse. At the same time, most of the countries in the region have also actively involved in Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation and the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks (REDD+) readiness process.
REDD+ has been identifed as the cheap and fast scheme to climate change mitigation. In addition to many traditional forestry projects, several newly initiated REDD+ projects are now being implemented in the HKH region since the last few years. Such projects have been producing important scientifc, policy and practical lessons useful for the improvement of the current and future initiatives related to REDD+ and sustainable management of forest. However, lessons from such projects are not well documented and shared widely, constraining the potential contribution of such initiatives in policy, practice and scientifc arenas. Against this backdrop, ForestAction Nepal in collaboration with the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) is pleased to publish this special issue of the Journal of Forest and Livelihood entitled, “REDD+ in Hindu Kush Himalaya”
The nine papers in this Special Issue discuss about REDD+ practices from four countries in the HKH region namely Bhutan, India, Myanmar, and Nepal. Two papers focus on Myanmar, three on Nepal, and one each on Bhutan and India. Moreover, two papers in this Special Issue compare and contrast the national REDD+ strategies and Forest Reference Levels (FRLs) in multiple HKH countries.
The Journal of Forest and Livelihood aims to inform environmental policy process by facilitating dialogue among politicians, professionals, activists, researchers and policy makers. The Journal documents and disseminates the insights, lessons and innovations taking place in socio‐cultural, political and economic aspects of environmental governance and rural livelihoods in South Asia. Original scientific papers, short communications and review articles are published in the journal. In this connection, we welcome articles analysing contemporary issues on nature‐society interactions that have direct implications both on local livelihoods and resource sustainability. We particularly encourage the papers that are guided by critical social sciences perspectives and enriched by insights from deliberative governance, political economy, political ecology, social learning and institutional theories. The authors are fully responsible for the originality of the paper and formal correctness and should ensure that the paper is not published previously. Click here for more detail
Countries in the Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH) region have historically taken diverse initiatives towards sustainable ...