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India participated in the 19th Session of the United Nations Forum on Forests in New York

Published on May 13, 2024
Current Context: India participated in the 19th Session of the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF), which was held at the UN Headquarters in New York from May 6th to 10th, 2024.
India participated in the 19th Session of the United Nations Forum on Forests in New York
  • The Indian delegation was led by Shri Jitendra Kumar, Director General of Forests and Special Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Government of India.
  • During the session, India highlighted the country’s significant advancements in forest conservation and sustainable forest management.
  • This has led to a consistent increase in forest cover over the past fifteen years.
  • Globally, India ranks third in the net gain, in average annual forest area, between 2010 and 2020.
  • India also shared the high priority it provides towards biodiversity and wildlife conservation.
  • The country has expanded the network of protected areas to over a thousand wildlife sanctuaries, national parks, tiger reserves, biosphere reserves, and other wildlife habitats.
  • The recent celebrations marking 50 years of Project Tiger and 30 years of Project Elephant underscore India’s commitment to species conservation and habitat protection.
  • Furthermore, India introduced the ‘Green Credit Program’, designed to incentivize entities to take up tree plantation and restoration of degraded forest lands.
  • This program aims to further strengthen climate action initiatives.

Question:

Q.1 What is the global rank of India in terms of net gain in average annual forest area between 2010 and 2020?
a. First
b. Second
c. Third
d. Fourth
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