Aug. 31, 2018

Union Environment Minister released India’s national REDD+ strategy for achieving climate change mitigation by incentivizing forest conservation.


  • REDD+ stands for “Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation”.

  • It aims to achieve climate change mitigation by incentivizing conservation and enhancement of forest carbon stocks in developing countries.

  • Paris agreement on climate change also recognizes role of forests in climate change mitigation and calls upon country Parties to implement REDD+.

  • India – in its Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) under Paris Agreement – has announced that it will capture 5 – 3 billion tonnes of CO2 through additional forest and tree cover by 2030.

  • In this background, India has prepared its National REDD+ Strategy.

National REDD+ Strategy:

  • The strategy seeks to address drivers of deforestation and developing a roadmap for enhancement of forest carbon stocks and achieving sustainable management of forests.

  • The National REDD+ Strategy will soon be communicated to the UNFCCC.

  • Implementation mechanism for implementing REDD+:

National level

A National Governing Council of REDD+ chaired by the Union Environment Minister supported by two technical committees, headed by

·         Director General (DG) of Forest Survey of India and

·         DG of Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE).

State level

A committee headed by the Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (PCCF) & Head of Forest Force (HOFF) of the States will coordinate REDD+ actions at the State level.

Source : PIB