Kathmandu, March 15, 2018: Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) has concluded a two-day regional conference on ‘Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation’ on March 14, 2018.
The conference was jointly organized with Ministry of Forests and Environment, International Center for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) and the UK’s Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation Programme.
As many as 80 researchers from South Asia and other countries participated in the two-day symposium. Effective approaches to ecosystem services governance for poverty alleviation was discussed in the conference.
According to ICIMOD South Asia faces the challenge of tackling steady poverty at a time of rapid and large-scale changes in social, environmental, and economic conditions. Participants also identified key visions and practical tools for managing the complex interactions between changing ecosystems and human migration.
Basanta Shrestha, ICIMOD’s Director of Strategic Cooperation mentioned the importance of understanding current challenges to the ecosystem in order to gain effective and innovative solutions on the ground, many of which are trans-boundary in nature. Shrestha also clarified the need to bring research findings and knowledge into action and upscale them as development efforts.
Kate Schreckenberg, ESPA’s Director focused on the requirement of better social and ecological awareness of decision making related to natural resources.