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The natural high forests all over the country have depleted alarmingly as the National Biodiversity Strategy & Action Plan for Bangladesh (October 2006) has pointed out that the forest cover has come down to 6 per cent from 10 per cent of the area of the country. The fact remains that depletion of forests is an ongoing process, although Bangladeshi foresters are pioneers in mangrove afforestation and successfully established specialized plantation techniques for mangrove species.

After joining the UN-REDD Programme in 2010, the Government of Bangladesh established a national REDD+ Steering Committee and a REDD Cell. Between August 2011 and March 2012, the UN-REDD Programme supported these bodies in the development of a national REDD+ Readiness Roadmap, including extensive national and sub-national consultations. The REDD+ Steering Committee endorsed the Roadmap in December 2012.  With Targeted Support funds, UN-REDD is now supporting the implementation of some elements of the Roadmap, which are the development of an MRV Action Plan, capacity building for forest monitoring, an assessment of REDD+ corruption risks, and development of nationally-appropriate social safeguards.

The six main sections of the Bangladesh REDD+ Roadmap are:

  1. National REDD+ Readiness Management Arrangements
  2. Stakeholder consultation and participation
  3. Development and selection of REDD+ strategies
  4. Implementation framework (including resource distribution and safeguards)
  5. Development of the Reference Level for REDD+ against which performance will be measured (Reference Levels or Reference Emissions Levels, RLs/RELs)
  6. Development of the Monitoring and Measurement, Reporting and Verification (MRV) systems
Programme Activity Updates

Bangladesh Paves the Way in Climate Financing Sector

April 2013

National Workshop on REDD+ highlights progress achieved in Bangladesh’s national REDD+ Readiness Roadmap. Read full article…

UN-REDD Partner Countries Increase their REDD+ Technical Expertise

Feb/Mar 2013

Bangladesh, Cambodia, Tanzania and Zambia host workshops on Greenhouse Gas and National Forest Inventories

Bhutan Explores REDD+ Safeguards and Multiple Benefits


Bangladesh Holds Second National Consultation on REDD+ Readiness Roadmap 
January 2012
Bangladesh is moving ever closer towards a comprehensive REDD+ Readiness Roadmap, and thus fully realizing the potential role of the country’s forest sector in tackling climate change. 
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Bangladesh Roadmap Press Release
January 2012
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Bangladesh Roadmap Press Release
October 2011
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Bangladesh Joins the UN-REDD Programme
August 2010

The UN-REDD Programme welcomes Bangladesh, Bhutan, Central African Republic, Colombia, and Guatemala as new partners to the Programme. Read full article…

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Bangladesh's Ministry of Environment and Forests

Neal Walker
UN Resident Coordinator

Haradhan Banik
National REDD+ Focal Point/ Conservator of Forests, Forest Department, Bangladesh 
  Alamgir Hossain
Programme Analyst (Environment), 
UNDP, Bangladesh 
  Akihito Kono
UN-REDD Regional Technical Advisor, UNDP
  Thomas Enters
UN-REDD Regional Coordinator, UNEP
  Mariam Akhter
MRV Coordinator, FAO
  Ben Vickers
Regional Programme Officer, FAO