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WWF-Pakistan organizes training on satellite land monitoring system.

PESHAWAR -- WWFPakistan inaugurated a training workshop on Satellite Land Monitoring System (SLMS) for REDD+ (Reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation) which aims to build the capacity of officials of the forest department in order to highlight the importance of forests and keep deforestation in checked.

An inauguration ceremony was held at the Akhtar Hameed Khan National Council for Rural Development (AHKNCRD) for the fiveday training workshop which has been organized in collaboration with the Climate Change Division, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), AHKNCRD and University of Haripur.

According to a press release, the training aims to take the REDD+ preparation further by through capacity building of national stakeholders in developing a robust and transparent National Forest Monitoring System.

The ceremony was attended by 40 participants from provincial forest departments all across Pakistan, along with representatives from SUPARCO, Survey of Pakistan, NGOs and academia. Dr. Zafar Qadir, Director General, AHKNCRD, was present as chief guest on the occasion which highlighted the importance of SLMS in forest conservation.

Syed Mahmood Nasir, Inspector General Forests (IGF) and the national representative REDD+ in Pakistan indicated that "SLMS training is equally important to develop a robust transparent national forest monitoring system (NFMS) for REDD+. Young professionals should also excel in developing forest monitoring practices."

Ibrahim Khan, Senior Manager ConservationKPK, WWFPakistan stressed the role of REDD+ (Reducing Carbon Emissions from Deforestation) and the financial benefits that can be awarded to those who take steps to reduce deforestation. REDD+ is an initiative to conserve forests by increasing forest cover and acting against deforestation.

Thus the communities work to increase the forest cover and get financial benefits, which can benefit the entire region.

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Publication:Balochistan Times (Baluchistan Province, Pakistan)
Geographic Code:9PAKI
Date:Oct 14, 2014
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