A workshop of REDD-plus Himalaya was organized at ICFRE (Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education) on Thursday. The ‘Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation’ (REDD) approached land use based climate mitigation, along with conservation of forest carbon stocks, sustainable management and enhancement of forest carbon stocks collectively known as REDD plus which is widely recognized now as one of the climate change mitigation approaches.
The ICFRE in collaboration with International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) of Nepal jointly implemented trans-boundary REDD plus Himalayas project.
The project mainly focuses on capacity building, technology sharing and knowledge dissemination on REDD-plus. ICFRE deputy director general (Research) SD Sharma said that although the project focus was in Mizoram, the project outcome also helped ICFRE to develop national REDD-plus strategy which was released by the Indian Government.
The national REDD-plus strategy will support the empowerment of youth cadre as community foresters to lead the charge at the local level. Besides, Green skill development programme for imparting forestry related specialized skill will also be implemented. REDD plus attracts the highest attention in developing countries like India where local communities, forest-dwelling tribal communities have a high dependency on forests for their livelihoods. As per the United Nations’ requirements, countries implementing REDD-plus must prepare a safeguard information system that addresses a set of governance, environmental and social safeguards.