REDD+ programme being carried out in the Himalayan
states jointly by Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE) and
International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) has been
extended till July 2020.
ICFRE-ICIMOD’s REDD+ Himalaya: Developing and
using experience in implementing REDD+ in the Himalaya programme was launched
in January 2016 in Mizoram.
The programme seeks to address the drivers of
deforestation and forest degradation in India’s Himalayan states.
Reducing emissions from deforestation and forest
degradation (REDD+) is a mechanism developed by Parties to the United Nations
Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
It was launched in 2005 to mitigate climate
change through enhanced forest management in developing countries.
The aim of REDD+ is to encourage developing
countries to contribute to climate change mitigation efforts by: a) reducing
greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) by slowing, halting and reversing forest loss
and degradation; and b) increasing removal of GHGs from the earth’s atmosphere
through the conservation, management and expansion of forests.
It seeks to create a financial value for the
carbon stored in forests by offering incentives for developing countries to
reduce emissions from forested lands and invest in low-carbon paths to