India sees 'REDD' as vital in arresting global warming

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New Delhi, Dec 12 (UNI) India, where forests are vital for sustaining the livelihood of more than 200 million people, has urged the Bali climate participants to make sustainable management of forests leading to conservation and enhancement of forest carbon stocks an important part of the proposed REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation in Developing countries) mechanism.

The mechanism, being discussed at the Bali conference, proposes mobilization of resources, particularly by the developed countries, to provide incentives for these efforts in the developing countries.

Denudation of forests or deforestation is very important from climate change perspective as this constitutes about 20 per cent of the total global emissions. Global emission due to deforestation can be addressed in two principal ways- first by reducing rate of deforestation, and second by intensification of conservation efforts. India has a very strong policy framework as regards conservation of forests.

Union Minister for Science and Technology Kapil Sibal and Earth Sciences, who is leading the delegation to Bali conference, and Mr Namo Narain Meena, Minister of State for Environment met Mr Rachmat Witoelar, Indonesian Environment Minister and President of CoP/MoP, UNFCCC and shared the concerns of Parties on REDD matters.

They emphasised the importance of forest conservation especially in the Asia- Pacific region and Africa, besides other parts of the world.

Besides India, many countries like China, Pakistan, Brazil, Bhutan, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Costa Rica and Thailand supported the proposal for moving ahead with the concept of conservation, and increase in forest cover under the REDD.

UNI

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