Sustainable Forest Management Project is a joint venture of the Government of Pakistan, UNDP, and GEF which aims at promoting sustainable forest management in Pakistan’s Western Himalayan Temperate Coniferous, Sub-tropical broad-leaved evergreen thorn (Scrub) and Riverine forests for biodiversity conservation, mitigation of climate change and securing of forest ecosystem services. This five years Project started in 2017, is funded by GEF/UNDP and implemented by Ministry of Climate Change through provincial Forest and Wildlife Departments in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh, and Punjab in three forest types in seven landscapes, two in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, two in Sindh and three in Punjab. It aims at implementation of three inter-related and mutually complementary components that are focused at addressing the barriers of inadequate planning, regulatory and institutional frameworks to integrated forest resource management, and enhancing the limited experience among key government and civil society stakeholders in developing and implementing SFM (Sustainable Forest Management) practices on the ground.
Components of the Project
The Project has the following three components:
Component 1: Embedded sustainable forest management into landscape spatial planning. The component supports the incorporation of sustainable forest management objectives and safeguards in forest management planning, forest land allocation and compliance of monitoring systems at the local level.
Component 2: Biodiversity conservation strengthened in and around High Conservation Value Forests (HCVFS). The component identifies, demarcates and implements on-the-ground approaches to improving management of high conservation value forests within seven landscapes covering an area of 67,861 ha with the aim of meeting the life requisites of the target species, and habitats such as breeding areas, feeding areas, water sources, dispersal and connectivity corridors, etc.
Component 3: Enhanced carbon sequestration in and around HCVFs in target forested landscapes. The component develops practical approaches to enhancing carbon sequestration through restoring degraded and former forested areas by a combination of restoration and reforestation of degraded conifer forests, scrub forests, and riverine forests with native species.