World environment Day in India culminated with the launch of UNEP’s report on “Green Economy and Forests”, which states that investing an additional US $40 billion a year in the forestry sector could halve deforestation rates by 2030, increase rates of tree planting by around 140 percent by 2050, and catalyuze the creation of millions of new jobs worldwide.
The report points out that if backed by the right kinds of enabling policies such an investment could also sequester or remove an additional 28 per cent of carbon from the atmosphere, thus playing a key role in combating climate change.
Joining Minister Ramesh and Executive Director Steiner at the unveiling of the report, was UN Resident Coordinator in India, Patrice Coeur Bizot.
Over 100 women leaders showed their support by organizing a one-day conference in New Delhi on “Nature & Livelihoods: Women’s Perspective”. Women from indigenous groups, civil society and the grass roots shared experiences and success stories
UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner and UN Resident Co-ordinator for India praised the initiatives of women leaders and emphasized the crucial role they play in forest conservation.