ICFRE-ICIMOD’s REDD+ Himalayan programme extended till 2020

  1. 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.
  2. ICFRE-ICIMOD’s REDD+ Himalaya: Developing and using experience in implementing REDD+ in the Himalaya programme was launched in January 2016 in Mizoram.
  3. The programme seeks to address the drivers of deforestation and forest degradation in India’s Himalayan states.
  4. Reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+) is a mechanism developed by Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
  5. It was launched in 2005 to mitigate climate change through enhanced forest management in developing countries.
  6. 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.
  7. 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 sustainable development.