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Govt. launches pilot project to increase forest cover in 5 states

Govt. launches pilot project to increase forest cover in 5 states

Reiterating its commitment to fight desertification, India has launched a pilot project to restore degraded forest landscapes in five states over the next 42 months.

In the first phase, the pilot will be conducted in Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Nagaland and Karnataka.

The project launched in partnership with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) aims to enhance the capacity on forest landscape restoration (FLR) by developing and adapting best practices for sustainable land management and putting into place some monitoring protocols to combat desertification.

The announcement comes ahead of the 14th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 14) to be hosted by India this August.

According to India’s Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), submitted under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), India has pledged to create an additional carbon sink of 2.5-3 billion tonnes of CO2 equivalent through additional forest and tree cover by 2030.

The project is also part of the Bonn Challenge pledge, which was undertaken by India in 2015, to restore 13 million hectares of degraded and deforested land by 2020, and another 8 million hectares by 2030.

This is one of the highest targets among all Asian countries.

India will take over the COP presidency from China for two years until the next COP is hosted in 2021.

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