REDD+ Steering Committee
Background: Following initial stakeholder consultations in late 2010, the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) created the inter-ministry REDD+ Steering Committee (REDD+ SC) in July 2011, which was tasked with overall coordination of REDD+ activities in Bangladesh and, specifically, with development of the Bangladesh REDD+ Roadmap. The REDD+ SC’s initial mandate was for an indefinite period.
Composition: The REDD+ SC is primarily composed of technical officials. It is chaired by the Secretary of the MoEF and includes representatives from several other offices within the MoEF and other government departments. Due to the importance of cross-sectoral collaboration for REDD+ readiness, the REDD+ SC includes representation of a number of different government agencies, including Ministries and Land and Agriculture, SPARRSO and the Hill Council of the CHT. Civil society representatives on the REDD+ SC include the Bangladesh Institute for Development Studies (BIDS) and the Centre for Participatory Research and Development (CPRD). The head of the REDD Cell performs the function of Secretary to the REDD+ SC membership. The REDD+ SC meets on an ad hoc basis and provides management and coordinating advice to the REDD Cell.
Terms of Reference (TOR):
: Provide overall management guidance on programme activities and enhance stakeholder and institutional consensus building.
: Provide guidance for the formulation of National REDD+ strategy, from Roadmap to Readiness and Implementation.
: Approval of strategic decisions and activities relating to the development and implementation of a national REDD+ Programme
: Enhance inter-agency and inter-sectoral coordination, effective partnership between implementing agencies and an overall collaborative approach to REDD+ programme activities.
REDD+ Technical Committee
Background: The REDD+ Technical Committee (REDD+ TC) was formed alongside the REDD+ SC in order to provide it with technical advice. Like the SC, it is chaired by the Secretary of the MoEF. However, unlike the SC, the REDD+ TC does not include any civil society members apart from academics of Chittagong and Khulna Universities. It does include representatives of development partners in UNDP and USAID. The Chief Conservator of Forests in the FD serves as the member secretary of the REDD+ TC. The TC is moreover empowered to co-opt additional members whenever necessary in order to maximise its technical capacity.
The ToR of the REDD+ TC are:
: Lead the formulation of a national REDD+ Strategy
: Critically examine all programme and project proposals on REDD+
Background: The Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) authorised the creation of the REDD Cell in August 2011. The REDD Cell was conceived as the key implementation agency for the national REDD+ programme. It will also serve this function for the duration of the REDD+ Readiness Roadmap process. Because the REDD+ programme is government-owned and led, the REDD Cell is envisaged as a unit within the existing government institutional framework. The REDD Cell is located within the FD, which has been identified by the MoEF as the most relevant government department for REDD+. The REDD Cell will be supervised by the national REDD+ focal point, who holds the rank of CF. It will be responsible for coordination of all REDD+ activities in the country. The REDD focal point will therefore be directly accountable to the CCF. However, the REDD Cell will receive its strategic direction from the REDD+ SC. It will assign technical activities, as required, to Technical Working Groups.
Roles and Responsibilities: The REDD Cell ToR, as outlined in Annex 2, covers some of the responsibilities related to REDD+, but as the main body responsible for implementing all phases of a national REDD+ programme, it will, by default, have additional duties, for example:
: Day-to-day management of the REDD+ Roadmap implementation and Readiness process, including coordination, programme and financial management and administrative matters.
: Establish and provide secretariat assistance to the REDD+ Steering Committee, REDD+ Stakeholder Forum, Technical Working Groups and other REDD+ bodies as required.
: Oversee, facilitate and coordinate the work of the Technical Working Groups and report on their progress to the National REDD+ SC.
: Ensure timely delivery of activities under the national REDD+ Roadmap and recommend adjustments or additional resource requirements to REDD+ SC.
: Contribute to the GHG inventory for the Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF) sector and submit relevant information to the MoEF for inclusion in the NCs to the UNFCCC.
: Identify capacity building and coordinate training and capacity building activities within the FD and other relevant government institutions/NGOs/private sector/communities/administrative officers and policy makers that have a significant role in the REDD+ programme
: Staff recruitment and capacity building on REDD+ issues.
: Ensure compliance with REDD+ Social and Environmental Safeguards in all activities under the REDD+ Roadmap.
: Obtain the services of consultants and advisors as deemed necessary by the Technical Working Groups and the REDD+ SC.
: Maintain reporting and other links with UN-REDD programme via the REDD+ focal point in the FD.
It will be necessary, therefore, to revise the ToR of the REDD Cell early in the REDD+ Readiness phase, and to strengthen the institution accordingly.