WRI to plan improvement in forest and tree cover through "Restoration Opportunities Atlas"
The web-based platform aims to support policymakers combat climate change through tree-based interventions in India.
"India has tremendous potential for tree-based action. The Restoration Opportunities Atlas begins to address information gaps, compiles
information from various sources and simplifies it to support decision-making," said Dr. Rohini Chaturvedi, Director, Sustainable Landscape and Restoration Programme at WRI India. The World Resources Institute (WRI) is a global research organization and focuses on environment and development. Its work spans over 50 countries, including India.
The atlas brings together information relevant for India's nationally determined contribution (NDC) to the Paris Agreement, which includes a commitment to sequester additional 2.5-3 billion tons of carbon dioxide. It also ties with the Bonn Challenge commitment under which the country will need to restore 21 million hectares of deforested and degraded land by 2030, said WRI India technical note.
The map identifies areas for protection, wide-scale restoration, and mosaic restoration. It estimates the potential for an increase in forest and tree cover and the associated carbon sequestration that can be achieved.
"The Restoration Opportunities Atlas gives a good baseline indicating where we are today in terms of forest restoration and our national level targets," said Moutushi Sengupta, India Director, MacArthur Foundation.