India’s Forest Conservation and Sustainable Forest Management Initiatives at UNFF 19

  • India participated in the 19th Session of the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF) in New York. 
  • Highlighted significant advancements in forest conservation and sustainable forest management, leading to a consistent increase in forest cover over the past fifteen years. 
  • Highlighted India’s commitment to biodiversity and wildlife conservation, expanding protected areas to over a thousand wildlife sanctuaries, national parks, tiger reserves, biosphere reserves, and other wildlife habitats. 
  • Highlighted the creation of the International Big Cat Alliance to protect and conserve the seven big cat species worldwide. 
  • Introduced the ‘Green Credit Program’ to incentivize tree plantation and restoration of degraded forest lands. 
  • Concluded the UNFF 19 with a declaration to take urgent actions to halt deforestation and forest degradation, including the implementation of the United Nations Strategic Plan for Forests and the achievement of the Global Forest Goals.
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