Forests play a crucial role in mitigation and adaptation to climate change. Forestry sector in India is making positive contribution for climate change mitigation in India said Dr. Suresh Gairola, Director General, Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education while chairing an event at India Pavilion during the ongoing Bonn Climate Change Conference taking place at Bonn in Germany.
Dr Gairola highlighted various forestry programmes, actions enabling policies, laws and legislations that are contributing to the mitigation and adaptation to Climate Change in Forestry sector In India.
“Pursuant to Paris Agreement, India in its Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) to UNFCCC has communicated to create an additional Carbon Sink of 2.5 to 3 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent through additional forest and tree cover by 2030’, he pointed out. The land use, land-use change and forestry sector in India is a net carbon sink which offsets about 12 percent of total GHG emission.
Dr. Savita, Director, Forest Research Institute, Dehradun presented a case of forestry intervention for rejuvenation of river Ganga under Government of India’s flagship Namami Gange programme and underscored how this programme could contribute for climate change mitigation as additional co-benefit.
Dr. Subhash Ashutosh, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests Meghalaya spoke on Conservation and Sustainable Management of Forests and Sacred Groves under Community and Private Ownership of Tribal People in Meghalaya. He highlighted the Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation benefits of these community actions. Dr. Bhaskar Singh Karky from ICIMOD Nepal and Sabine Preuss from GIZ-India also made presentations during the event.