International Workshop on forest carbon stock from March 7

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New Delhi, Mar 5 (UNI) A two-day international workshop on enhancement of forest carbon stock due to conservation and sustainable management and increase in forest cover has been organised here from March 7.

The aim of the meet is to evolve a common strategy for developing modalities for accounting of incremental carbon due to forest conservation efforts and sustainable forest management by the developing countries.

This has been organized after the Conference of Parties (COP) 13 of UNFCC under the Agenda of reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation (REDD) in developing countries. India argued at the COP for incorporating the concept of 'compensated conservation' as a policy approach for compensating countries adopting forest conservation policies and measures.

The workshop has been organized by the Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education, Dehradun, Ministry of Environment and Forests.

The outcome of COP 13 at Bali has been very encouraging for the conservation of forest resources.

At the end of the Bali Conference, the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks found place in the Action Plan.

The task ahead now is to develop modalities and procedures for transparent and verifiable assessment of changes in forest cover, associated carbon stocks and green house gas emissions and also incremental changes in carbon stocks.

The Workshop will have various technical sessions.

Representatives from China, Costa Rica, Cameroon, Brazil, Parkistan, EU, Bolivia, Sri Lanka , Indonesia, Thailand, United States, Papua New Guinea, Bhutan, Nepal, Malaysia will participate.

India and China have increased their forest covers. They are endeavoring to seek adequate compensation for maintaining and increasing forest cover resulting in locking of carbon in forest.

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