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Trees Beyond Forests initiative launched in Assam

Trees Beyond Forests initiative: The “trees outside forests in India (TOFI)” programme was introduced by the Assam government and the US Agency for International Development (USAID)with the goal of bringing together farmers, businesses, and private institutions to increase the amount of trees in the State’s non-traditional forests.

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Trees Beyond Forests initiative: Key Points

  • The Trees outside forests in India, new programme aims to increase carbon sequestration, aid local populations, and boost agriculture’s climate resilience, supporting global climate change mitigation and adaptation goals.
  • Assam has given increasing the tree cover outside of forest regions great priority, as evidenced by the State Action Plan on Climate Change and the recent creation of the Assam Agroforestry Development Board (AADB).
  • The goal is to add 2.8 million hectares of tree cover outside of traditional forests, helping India reach its nationally set contribution target of adding 2.5 to 3 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent in additional “carbon sinks” by 2030.

Trees outside forests in India (TOFI): Aim

  • TOFI would increase farmers’ income in Assam while enhancing the resilience of farming systems, according to Ravi Shankar Prasad, the State’s Additional Chief Secretary in charge of Environment and Forest.
  • TOFI would use India’s private sector to promote and grow tree-based businesses and the sale of carbon credits, helping to increase incomes, generate jobs, and assist Assamese households in overcoming the financial effects of the pandemic.
  • One of the seven States to receive up to $25 million from the US under the TOFI programme is Assam. Andhra Pradesh, Haryana, Odisha, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, and Uttar Pradesh make up the remaining States.

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