India Highlights Forest Conservation Success at UNFF 19

  • 13 May 2024

Between May 6th-10th, 2024, India showcased forest conservation achievements at the 19th Session of United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF).

Key Points

  • Global Recognition for Forest Gain: India ranks third globally in net gain in average annual forest area between 2010 and 2020.
  • Biodiversity and Wildlife Conservation Priority: India prioritizes biodiversity and wildlife conservation, expanding protected areas and celebrating milestones like 'Project Tiger' and 'Project Elephant'.
  • Creation of International Big Cat Alliance: India launches the International Big Cat Alliance to protect seven big cat species globally.
  • Introduction of Green Credit Program: India introduces the Green Credit Program, rewarding voluntary environmental actions by individuals, communities, and the private sector.
  • Country Led Initiative on Forest Management: India hosted a Country Led Initiative focusing on forest fire management and forest certification, presenting recommendations during UNFF 19.
  • Declaration for Urgent Forest Conservation Actions: UNFF 19 concludes with a declaration to accelerate actions to halt deforestation, forest degradation, and land degradation.