Uganda: First African country to submit REDD++ results
REDD++ is a mechanism of United Nations to reduce emissions from forest degradation and deforestation. REDD++ operates under United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
Uganda recently submitted its REDD++ results and has become the first African country to submit the results.
Significance in terms of Africa
Africa has the greatest net forest loss in the world. The rate of forest loss in the African continent has increased. In 2019, 3.9 million hectares of forest land was lost in Africa.
Therefore, it is important that African countries adopt the REDD++ programme to keep track on their forest resources. This will help in conserving the forests.
India has prepared National REDD++ strategy complying with the UNFCCC decisions. It is being updated in line with the National Action Plan on Climate Change, Nationally Determined Contributions and Green India Mission.
The strategy was prepared by the Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education, Dehradun.
REDD is Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation. The UN-REDD programme supports nationally led REDD++ programmes.
The programme creates financial value for the carbon stored in forests. Based on the value, incentives are provided to the developing countries to reduce emissions and invest in low-carbon paths.
Thus, as the forests in the countries increase, their incentives will increase.
REDD++ Himalayan Programme
The REDD++ Himalayan Programme was launched in 2016 to address deforestation and forest degradation in the Himalayan states of India. It ends in July 2020. The project was implemented in four countries namely Bhutan, Nepal, Myanmar and India.
Month: Current Affairs - July, 2020
Category: Environment Current Affairs