A district REDD+ action plan (DRAP) is a plan developed in collaboration with key district- and local level stakeholders with the aim of implementing a national REDD strategy at the subnational level. Having a national REDD+ strategy is vital for many reasons, including the fact that a significant share of loss in forests is due to national policy and governance drivers. However, national strategies can also be ineffective in counties like Nepal because of large regional differences in forest ecosystems as well as drivers of deforestation and forest degradation. Therefore, policies and measures must be designed for the district level in order to take into account such regional nuances. Moreover, in Nepal, the implementation of any national forestry programme or plan has to go through district forest offices. Finally, district-level planning allows local stakeholders to be involved in the planning process, which increases ownership and sustainability. In other words, DRAPs provide the most efficient way of operationalizing the national REDD strategy.
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