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Revised National Forest Policy discussion

9th May, 2024 Environment

Revised National Forest Policy discussion

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  • India shared its revised National Forest Policy during the 19th United Nations Forum on Forests held in New York, United States.


  • The forum discussion was centered around forest fires and developing the Model Forest Act.
  • These discussions were part of broader considerations on the UN's strategic plan for forests 2017-2030 and activities supporting thematic priorities for 2023-24.
  • Delegates engaged in discussions concerning combating forest fires and the development of a Model Forest Act.

Global Forest Goals:

  • The discussions emphasized the importance of achieving global forest goals, which involve enhancing forest-based economic, social, and environmental benefits.
  • Key goals included significantly increasing the area of protected forests, mobilizing financial resources, and promoting governance frameworks for sustainable forest management.
  • Additional attention was given to enhancing cooperation, coordination, and synergies as cross-cutting goals.

Revised National Forest Policy Recommendations by India:

  • Integrated Approach to Forest Fire Management:
    • India recommended adopting an integrated approach to forest fire prevention and management, along with post-fire landscape restoration through policy interventions.
    • Highlighting its experience with technology adoption, including remote sensing for near-real-time fire monitoring, online geoportals for forest fire reporting, and ecosystem-based approaches for restoration, India suggested to apply the same at a global scale.
  • Global Standards for Forest Certification:
    • India proposed the creation of universally accepted global standards for forest certification and emphasized the need to evaluate current certification programs against these standards.
  • Community Involvement and Impact of Forest Fires:
    • India noted the growing role of communities in addressing forest fires and highlighted the significant impacts of forest fires on biodiversity, ecosystem services, economies, livelihoods, and human well-being.
    • It stressed the need for comprehensive long-term strategies for prevention and restoration due to the increased frequency and intensity of forest fires.
  • Operationalization of the Global Fire Management Hub:
    • India proposed the operationalization of the Global Fire Management Hub by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and FAO, aiming to create a platform for sharing knowledge and experience in mitigating forest fires.

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