Creating carbon sinks through afforestation in Chhattisgarh

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1 August 2018

Forests occupy nearly 50% of the central Indian state of Chhattisgarh; this is the third largest forest cover of any Indian state. Recognizing the importance of forests in determining greenhouse gas concentration in the atmosphere, the Chhattisgarh government has launched the Hariyar Chhattisgarh Afforestation Drive to better conserve its forest resource.

The aim of the program is to create large carbon sinks that can help manage the level of greenhouse gas emissions from the state. Chhattisgarh is employing two key strategies to ensure success of the program. Firstly, the state plans to plant 80 million trees as part of the afforestation drive. Secondly the state also plans to ensure proper land-management to create adequate green cover to absorb emissions from the industrialized and urban regions in Chhattisgarh. For example, the state capital, Raipur, is the first Indian city to build micro-forests within the urban ecosystem to allow for greater absorption of greenhouse gases emitted from the city.

To find out more, read the full case study below. This case study is part of a series from our Policy Action work, which aims to accelerate the pace of climate policy development and adoption in states and regions. To see more innovative climate policies from around the world, check out our Under2 Policy Action Map.

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