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Forest restoration is one of the key elements of climate mitigation strategies. In this context, examine the measures taken in restoring degraded forest landscape in India.

Topic: Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment.

5. Forest restoration is one of the key elements of climate mitigation strategies. In this context, examine the measures taken in restoring degraded forest landscape in India. (250 words)

Reference:  Indian Express

Why the question:

The article explains in what way forest restoration is the key element in climate mitigation strategies. .

Key Demand of the question:

One is expected to examine the measures taken in restoring degraded forest landscape in India.

Directive:

Examine – When asked to ‘Examine’, we must look into the topic (content words) in detail, inspect it, investigate it and establish the key facts and issues related to the topic in question. While doing so we should explain why these facts and issues are important and their implications.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Start with what you understand by forest restoration.

Body:

Explain that the multifarious benefits of Community Forests Resource (CFR) Rights present compelling evidence for India to recognize and support CFR rights. Community forests with legally recognized rights are healthier and associated with lower deforestation rates, higher carbon storage and biodiversity compared to other forests.

Explain the legal mandate of Community Forest Resource Rights (CFR) in India.

Discuss in detail the compelling reasons for India to recognize and support CFR rights.

Present the case study of Banni grasslands.

Conclusion:

Conclude with importance and way forward.