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India’s forests and REDD+

Government of India’s document on the state of forests, forest governance and their interaction with REDD in India. It argues that while most developing countries lost forest cover, India added around 3mn hectares of forest and tree cover over the last decade and that forests neutralize ~11% of India’s GHG emissions. Some of the initiatives capturing India’s engagement with REDD+ are listed as:India is underlying the following initiatives related to REDD+. India has made a submission to UNFCCC on “REDD, Sustainable Management of Forest (SMF) and Afforestation and Reforestation (A&R;)” in December 2008; a Technical Group has been set up to develop methodologies and procedures to assess and monitor contribution of REDD+ actions; a National REDD+ Coordinating Agency is being established; a National Forest Carbon Accounting Programme is being institutionalized; and India is hosting the Conference of Parties (COP-11) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in 2012.