Forest governance and implementation of REDD+ in India

Forest governance is identified as critical to the success of REDD+. Implementation of robust REDD+ strategy is possible through Community Based Forest Governance. Historically, forest governance in India established towards the middle of the 19th century was mainly engaged in exploration, demarcation, reservation, and exploitation of forests for timber. Globally, there is a growing consensus that as a country moves towards full-scale REDD+ implementation, it will need to develop a REDD+ strategy, which would focus on building capacity to create measurable, reportable, and verifiable (MRV) emission reductions and most significantly, establish a robust forest governance mechanism, which will provide a platform for REDD+ readiness. Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+) is a global mechanism that aims at sustainable forest management (SFM) through protecting forests and enhancing carbon sequestration. Primarily, REDD+ needs to have a carbon trading mechanism that would incentivize initiatives that contribute to reductions in emissions from deforestation and forest degradation or increasing the removals of CO2 from the atmosphere through forest regeneration and protection. for full text:

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