National Mission for a Green India: draft submitted to Prime Minister's Council on Climate Change
The draft of Green India Mission submitted to PM's Council on Climate Change aims at addressing climate change by enhancing carbon sinks in sustainably managed forests, adaptation of vulnerable ecosystems and adaptation of forest-dependant communities.
This Mission document envisages an approach that is innovative in several ways: First, it proposes a fundamental shift in mindset from our traditional focus of merely increasing the quantity of our forest cover, towards increasing the quality of our forest cover and improving provision of ecosystem services. Second, the Mission proposes to take a holistic view of greening, not merely focus on plantations to meet carbon sequestration targets. There is a clear focus on enhancing biodiversity, restoring ecosystems and habitat diversity. Third, there is a deliberate and major focus on autonomy and decentralization. The Mission will be implemented through an autonomous organisational structure reducing redtape and rigidity, while ensuring accountability. Local communities will be at the heart of implementation, with the Gram Sabha as the overarching institution overseeing Mission implementation at the village-level.
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Report: India’s forest and tree cover: contribution as a carbon sink
Report: India’s submissions to the UNFCCC
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