Under the UN-REDD Bangladesh Program, FAO is providing technical support to the Bangladesh Forest Department (BFD), in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) for developing the country’s first forest reference emission level/forest reference level (FREL/FRL). The FREL/FRL will be submitted to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) for the possible result based payment under REDD+ GHG emission reduction mechanism from the forestry sector. As a part of the FREL/FRL report drafting process, a two-day workshop was organized by FAO on 31 October – 1 November, 2017, titled as “Bangladesh Forest Reference Level under the UNFCCC’’ in Bahubal, Habiganj. Nine officials from BFD and two from MoEF as well as five FAO experts participated the workshop. The BFD officials included Mr Rakibul Hassan Mukul, Project Director, UN-REDD Bangladesh National Programme.
The objectives of the workshop were to (i) share and discuss about the first draft FREL report with seniors officials/policy makers of the BFD and representatives from the MoEF, and (ii) determine the subsequent steps for the finalization of draft of the FREL/FRL report and its submission to the UNFCCC.
During the first day of the workshop, the BFD and MoEF officials, with the facilitation of FAO experts, went through the first draft of FREL/FRL report, and made comments and suggestions for improvement. All participants agreed with the proposed FREL/FRL and the methodology applied for constructing it. On the second day, the BFD and MoEF participants worked in groups with the support of the FAO experts to revise the report. In the end of the workshop, the second draft of the FREL/FRL report was prepared. The participants agreed to organize the national consultation on proposed FREL/FRL in December 2017.