Safeguards information system for REDD+ in India
The Union Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change has come up with a draft document on 'Safeguards Information System for REDD+' for public comments, a step necessary to access the financial support for REDD+. Reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation along with the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks collectively is known as REDD+. It has the potential to deliver significant carbon and non-carbon benefits to the local communities, including alternative livelihoods generation and conservation of natural forests and biological diversity. This has been an important tool for forest restoration vis-a-vis the targets as promised in India and other countries as per their individual commitments made for reducing emissions to retain the global temperature to below 1.5 degrees Celsius compared to the pre-Industrial era.