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2018 - Special Issue on REDD+ in the Hindu Kush Himalayas, Issue 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.

  • Chief Editor: Naya Sharma Paudel
  • Managing Editor: Rahul Karki and Anukram Adhikary

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Reviewers

Contributions of the reviewers to maintain the standards of this peer reviewed journal is highly appreciated. The following reviewers have contributed to different volumes of the journal.

Bhaba Tripathi

Internation Rice Research Institute

Bharat Pokheral

HELVETAS Nepal

Bhaskar Karki

International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development, Nepal

Bishnu Hari

Paudyal RECOFTC Bryan Bushley University of Hawaii, USA

Dil B Khatri

ForestAction Nepal

Edwin Cedamon

University of Adelaide, Australia

Eak Rana

Charles Sturt University

Hari S Luintel

Portland State University, Portland, USA

Hari Dhungana

Southasia Institute of Advanced Studies, Nepal

Jagannath Adhikari

Australian National University, Australia

Krishna P Paudel

ForestAction Nepal

Krishna P Pant

Ministry of Agriculture Development, Government of Nepal

Laxman Joshi

Freelance Consultant

Mani Ram Banjade

Centre of International Forestry Research (CIFOR), Bogor, Indonesia

Ramesh Sunam

Australian National University, Australia Randell Bluffstone Portland State University, USA

Rajendra Upreti

Ministry of Agriculture Development, Government of Nepal

Ramji Neupane

MEDEP, UNDP, Nepal

Bhaba Tripathi

IRRI, Nepal

Sindhu Dhungana

Monash University, Australia

Sudeep Jana

Curtins University, Australia

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