Serena Hotels partner to launch Pakistan Carbon Initiative (PC)
TPS-Pakistan in collaboration with Office of Inspector General Forest (Ministry of Environment), SDPI, ISESCO, BRC, WWF, SDF, SEMP, UNIDO and Terra Global Capital, USA organized training workshop on REDD
Tourism Promotion Services (Pakistan) Ltd. under its SEED (Serena Environment and Educational Development) programme, as an organizing partner of Office of Inspector General Forests (OIGF), Ministry of Environment (MoE), in collaboration with its partners, ISESCO, Bio-resource Research Center, Pakistan (BRC), WWF Pakistan, Sustainable Development Foundation (SDF), UNIDO-CDM, Terra Global Capital, USA, Arid Agriculture University, Rawalpindi and Sustainable Land Management Project (SLMP) successfully delivered a 6-day national technical training workshop on “Forest Carbon Stock Assessment for REDD in Pakistan”. Serena Hotels recognized the importance of the subject also extended invitations to the other institutions of AKDN. The nominees of the Aga Khan Foundation Pakistan (AKF) and Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (AKRSP) attended the training workshop.
This training workshop was specially designed to bring the state of the art of forest carbon assessment technology, forest inventorying, to the local forestry practitioners who are responsible to implement the REDD projects in Pakistan. Equipped with participants with the basic requirements for REDD readiness phase in Pakistan by developing indigenous technical capacities with a foreign expert and local resource persons.
TPS-P also intends to join hands with Ministry of Environment and SDPI in launching Pakistan Carbon Initiative (PCI). The purpose of launching PCI and training workshop was to get started with the basic requirements of Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Pakistan. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) estimates that approximately 17 percent of global greenhouse emissions are the result of deforestation and resulting land use change. Some 13 million hectares of forest, an area of England are destroyed annually. This deforestation and forest degradation are driven by the market failure that results in the economic undervaluation of standing forests. Therefore, efforts towards reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+) have become crucial.
The training workshop was designed as a mitigation response to climate change and designed to reduce carbon emissions. The main purpose was to train foresters, policy makers, NGOs, interest groups and community members on "Forest Carbon Stock Assessment for REDD" contributing towards the achievement of REDD Readiness Phase in Pakistan. Also that Pakistan will be able to earn revenue by reducing the logging and burning of its forests.
A panel of comprising professionals of Serena, SDPI, UNIDO, WWF, and Ministry of Environment. Mr. Moin Uddin Director Corporate Strategy represented Tourism Promotion Services, highlighted the CSR commitment of Serena Hotels by showcasing on Serena Hotels activities related to environment and sustainability