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2018 - Special Issue on REDD+ in the Hindu Kush Himalayas, Vol 17 (1)

  • 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.


Banikoi, H., Karky, B.S., Shrestha, A.J., and Aye, Z.M. 2018. A Value Chain Approach to Sustainable Forest Management? Timber Supply Chain Practices for Sustainability in Myanmar’s Forest Sector. Journal of Forest and Livelihood, 17 (1): 1-15.

Basnet, S., Sharma, P., Timalsina, N., and Khaine, I. 2018. Community Based Management for Forest Conservation and Livelihood Improvement: A Comparative Analysis from Forests in Myanmar. Journal of Forest and Livelihood, 17 (1): 16-33.

Bhattarai, N., Verma, N., Rawat, R.S., Karky, B.S., and Rawat, V.R.S. 2018. Addressing Driver of Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Mizoram through Sub-National REDD+ Action Plan. Journal of Forest and Livelihood, 17 (1): 34-48.

Laudari, H.K., Pant, B., Timalsina, N., Dhungana, S.P., Poudel, M., and Karky, B.S. 2018. Decentralising REDD+: Lessons Learned from “Redd+ Himalaya Project” of Nepal.  Journal of Forest and Livelihood, 17 (1): 49-62.

Bhandari, T.S., Timalsina, N., Pant, B., Laudari, H.K., Bhattarai, S., Wagle, R., Dhungana, S.P., and Karky, B.S. 2018. Inclusion of Gender Issue in REDD+: Experiences from REDD+ Pilot Implementation in Nepal.  Journal of Forest and Livelihood, 17 (1): 63-75.

Chand, J., Windhorst, K., Poudel, M., and Bhattarai, N. 2018. Subnational Capacities Strengthened by REDD+ Himalaya Project in the Districts of Nepal.  Journal of Forest and Livelihood, 17 (1): 76-89.

Poudel, M. and Poudel, A.K. 2018. Forest Reference Levels in the Hindukush Himalaya: A Comparative Overview.  Journal of Forest and Livelihood, 17 (1): 90-110.

Karki, R., Paudel, N.S., Adhikary, A., and Manandhar, S. 2018. Comparing and Contrasting National REDD+ Strategies in the Hindukush Himalayan Region: Implications for REDD+ Implementation.  Journal of Forest and Livelihood, 17 (1): 111-126.

Amatya, S., Yangden, K., Wangdi, D., Phuntsho, Y. and Dorji, L. 2018. National Forest Inventory of Bhutan: Shift in Role from Traditional Forestry to Diverse Contemporary Global Requirements.  Journal of Forest and Livelihood, 17 (1): 127-138.


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