Whether Armenia Can Reach 20.1% Forestation without External Funding?

Whether Armenia Can Reach 20.1% Forestation without External Funding?

EcoLur

If actions directed at the reduction of greenhouse emissions are not carried out in the world, the temperature in Armenia will increase by 3-4 degrees. As a measure for climate change mitigation, Armenia has undertaken to make its forestation 20.1% by 2050, as Aram Gabrielyan,  the National Focal Point of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, said at the round table entitled 'Sustainable Forest Management as Integral part of Climate Policy'.

Aram Gabrielyan holds the opinion this bill contradicts to the INDC of Armenia and the commitments undertaken in it, which says Armenia has undertaken a commitment to make forestation of the country 20.1% by the end of 2050. He also mentioned that forestation not only promotes the absorption and accumulation of carbon dioxide from the environment, but also to climate adaptation, which is very essential for our country. He drew the attention of the participants to the fact, the lower border of natural forest zone moves upwards the mountain relief due to forecast climate change, which will subsequently lead to the reduction of this zone surface and this phenomenon has also been taken into consideration in the determination of optimal forestation area.

Ruben Petrosyan, Chief Forestry Officer of 'ArmForest' SNCO noted, 'The country has fixed this 20.1% in different documents, out of which 11.2% is the current forest and the rest is post-forest areas, which used to be forest-covered irregardless of the fact who owns them. We have a total of 700,000 ha of such land areas in the forest fund and beyond it, which will make up this 20.1%. The problem is to reforest them, as they are owned by different poeple. Huge efforts and investments are needed to reach 20.1% of reforestation.'

Aram Gabrielyan again referred to INDC Armenia for the financial sources, internal (domestic) climate revolving civil fund, to be replenished on permanent base by allocations from environmental fees, ecosystem service fees, including "carbon taxing" and second – external (international) financial mechanisms with resource provision following the principle of additionality, such as the Green Climate Fund, the Adaptation Fund, the Global Environmental Facility, bilateral and multilateral funds, and other sources.

 

The material is prepared by 'EcoLur' Informational NGO under “Armenia’s First Biennial Update Report to the UNFCCC” UNDP-GEF/00079327” project.

The views expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent those of the United Nations, including UNDP, or the UN Member States.

12:36 May 11, 2016


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