Saving Forests - our Green Lungs, Gautam Baruah joins REDD+ Working Group
Gautam Baruah, Balipara Foundation has been a key contributor to preserving the forests- the lungs of our planet, at the community-led conservation site of Eastern Himalayan Botanic Ark, Balipara. Recognized for his efforts in creating localized biodiversity Inventories, engaging with local communities for conservation and awareness and carbon estimation in the North East of India, he has been nominated as Member of REDD+ Working Group.
The Himalayas extend 1,500 miles and traverse India, Bhutan, China, Nepal, and Pakistan. The resource-rich region is critical to the communities that live in these regions. In an integrated approach, ICFRE in collaboration with International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), Khatmandu has initiated a project on ‘REDD+ Himalayas REDD+’. Under this project, capacity building is being focused on North-Eastern states of India. This programme is aiding for developing and implementing of REDD+ actions, focusing on trainings, technology sharing and knowledge dissemination. The expected outcome of this programme are enhanced capacity for development and implementation of REDD+ Strategy and Action Plan at each level (community, sub-national /state and national levels) and improved understanding of scientific knowledge for precise estimation of carbon stocks.
REDD (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries) and role of conservation of forest carbon stocks, collectively known as REDD+ is now widely accepted as climate change mitigation option under United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Paris Agreement on climate change has also re-affirmed the role of REDD+ actions to meet climate change mitigation goals at global level.