"The need to respond to climate change is challenging every large nation to develop new and adequate administrative structures...In India’s case, the needs are clear: redoubled efforts in forest restoration and management—in addition to energy efficiencies, renewable energy systems, and climate-smart agriculture—that counterbalance rapidly increasing emissions from fossil fuel-based power generation" writes Dr Kamaljit S. Bawa, ATREE's Founder-President and Distinguished Professor of Biology, University of Massachusetts Boston in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).
He stresses 5 action points for India to ensure that development and environment goals remain complementary:
1- Leverage technology to monitor forest cover and trends in green assets
2- Revolutionize policies for afforestation and land reclamation
3- Involve communities in implementing CAMPA, rather than privileging the private sector in establishing plantations.
4- Align goals and converge implementation of climate-relevant policies
5- Model carbon uptake by Indian forests and soils by using data from the field.
The full paper is available at http://www.pnas.org/content/113/44/12337.full