Sustaining Forests for Mitigation and Adaptation to the Impacts of Climate Change
4 February 2011 (Delhi, India)

A special event on ‘Sustaining Forests for Mitigation and Adaptation to the Impacts of Climate Change’ was organized by International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), India, and India’s Ministry of Environment and Forests, on the sidelines of the Delhi Sustainable Development Summit in Delhi on 4 February 2011. The key messages that came out of the Panel discussion and wrap-up sessions were that a) enabling and supporting policies and strengthening of local forest management institutions are the key requirements for achieving success in REDD+ that can help sustain forests; and that there is a need to b) improve and implement community-based forest management policies; c) give more access and benefit sharing rights and management responsibilities to local communities; d) document traditional knowledge and strengthen information sharing between upstream and downstream communities to prevent and manage flood disasters; and e) enhance community resilience and adaptation by enhancing carbon stocks in forests, conserving biodiversity, and diversifying livelihood opportunities by enhancing high value products and environmental services. Participants suggested that the way forward lay in assimilating successful local experiences in sustainable forest resource management strategies and action plans, and encouraging local efforts towards adaptation and resilience. A TERI publication on ‘Medicinal Plant Wealth of India: A Comprehensive Review of Selected Species’ was released on the same occasion. The book, targeted at herbal product manufactures, scientists, health authorities and practitioners, provides a critical analysis of currently available information on ten species. Read an ICIMOD press release …