'India scores a major victory at Bali'
Indian approach to maintain and conserve forest carbon stocks in India, China and other developing countries gets recognition.india Updated: Dec 18, 2007 16:52 IST
The comity of nations on climate change has recognised the Indian approach by including in its preamble the efforts to maintain and conserve forest carbon stocks in India, China and other developing countries.
"This is being seen as a major victory for the country as Indian approach garnered huge support from countries like China, Costa Rica, Thailand, Pakistan, Congo-basin nations," said Jagdish Kishwan, Director General of Indian Council for Forestry and Research Education (ICFRE) that played the role of observer for the conventions on climate change at Bali.
India, in its submission "compensated conservation" called for encouragement to those nations which are not only conserving and preserving the existing carbon stocks but also adding new forest cover that helps control the carbon emission, the major contributor for the global warming, he said.
In this regard, India citied that it would increase its carbon stocks to 9.75 billion tons in 2030 from the present level of 8.79 billion tons as per the study carried out by the Bangalore-based Indian Institute of Science (IIS), said Kishwan, who was part of Indian delegation at Bali.
Kishwan said before the Bali convention, the talks were based on only the Brazilian approach that advocates reducing emission from deforestation.
"India's approach on forest conservation was not taken up at the Nairobi convention in 2006," he noted.
At Bali, even Brazil had to concede that Indian approach must be given its due though Brazilian officials were not forthcoming on the issue, he said.
"We consider it as a major breakthrough as far Indian approach was concerned," Kishwan said.