National mission for a green India

Friday, April 8, 2011 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

National mission for a green India

Public lecture given by Mr. Brij Mohan Singh Rathore
Joint Secretary of the Ministry of Environment and Forests of India

Friday, April 8 | 12:00 – 1:00 pm, Forest Sciences Centre, room 1221

The National Mission for a Green India (GIM) is one of the eight Missions under India’s National Action Plan on Climate Change. The Mission aims to respond to climate change by a combination of adaptation and mitigation measures, which would help enhancing carbon sinks in sustainably managed forests and other ecosystems; adaptation of vulnerable species/ecosystems to the changing climate; and adaptation of forest-dependent communities.

Expected outcomes:
– increased forest/tree cover in 5 million ha of land and improved forest cover quality in another 5 million ha,
– improved ecosystem services from across 10 million ha of these lands,
– increased forest based livelihood income of about 3 million forest dependent households.

Key elements of innovations include:
– focus on both qualitative and quantitative improvement of forests;
– focus on range of ecosystem services including biodiversity, water, carbon (as co-benefit) and biomass;
– adoption of landscape-based approach;
– democratic decentralization;
– creation of a new cadre of community youths as foresters.

Mr. Brij Mohan Singh Rathore has extensive experience in the field of participatory forestry, biodiversity conservation, tribal development, and issues related to climate change. He has worked with government agencies, research and training Institutions, national and international NGOs, and international agencies such as UNDP, FAO, Ford Foundation, ICEF, IFAD and DFID. He is the 1992 recipient of the national award, “Indira Priyadarshini Vraksha Mitra Award” for community based forest management and the 1990 State Governments’ Gold Medal for professional excellence in forestry for community based wasteland regeneration programme.

Recently posted as Joint Secretary, Government of India, Ministry of Environment and Forests, he has been assigned portfolio of IFS cadre management, Environmental Education, IT and e-governance , Green India Mission and the country focal point for United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), IUCN & ICIMOD.