The Mongolia REDD+ program took the opportunity to host a breakfast meeting with Members of Mongolia’s Parliament on 14th December to launch discussions on the development of Mongolia REDD+ strategy and investment plan. The aim of the meeting was to explain the objectives of REDD+ and how forests can meet Mongolia’s development strategy, and to discuss the next steps in development of the National Program and Action Plan.
The meeting was also conducted to commemorate 30 years anniversary of the establishment of the Ministry of Environment. The meeting was hosted by the honorable Mr. Tserenbat, Minister of Environment and Tourism, in order to gather high level support from Ministerial champions and advocates for pushing ahead with the strategy development process, an important step in attaining approval. The Mongolia REDD+ Program will develop a Strategy and Investment Plan to improve the management of forests, land use and improve local livelihoods and its anticipated that the Strategy will be approved by summer 2018. This document will stimulate potential for further investment in the forest sector and it is anticipated that the National REDD+ strategy will provide a framework for galvanizing financial support from international donors and private sector.
Mongolia is also finalizing its Forest Reference Level for submission in January 2018, and it will be a remarkable achievement being the first and only boreal forest to accomplish. Mr Tserenbat committed to undertaking everything possible to achieve the goals within the timeframe, as he sees that the forests are instrumental in supporting livelihoods, ecosystem services and achieving sustainable development in the face of climate change.