eBook | “Community participation should be appropriately rewarded”: Climate change and biodiversity – Madhya Pradesh

What does climate change mean for forests and biodiversity? An assessment of the impact of climate change on forest ecosystems in Madhya Pradesh indicates that, in the short-term, about 23% of the State’s forested area could be affected; over the longer term, nearly 50% could be impacted. The changing climate in Madhya Pradesh is likely to affect the composition and distribution of its forests. This could take a heavy toll on forest biodiversity and the availability of forest resources, such as fuelwood, fodder and non-timber forest products, all of which are critically important to the livelihoods of local communities. | Read the full report >>

The Madhya Pradesh State Action Plan on Climate Change foresees a number of adaptation strategies for the forestry sector […]

Training should be provided to enable communities to participate and benefit from programmes relating to social forestry, water conservation and markets. […]

Introduce skill-building programmes to help communities strengthen the management and marketing of non-timber forest products. Ensuring the livelihoods security of forest- dependent communities in the face of climate change is a major challenge. The potential of ecotourism for enhancing local employment and income should be explored. […]

Members are drawn from rural communities and contribute to conservation by protecting the forests from fire, grazing and illegal harvesting in exchange for a share of the revenues from the sale of timber and non-timber products. Community participation and ownership of such activities should be appropriately rewarded. […]

Source: Madhya Pradesh State Action Plan on Climate Change – Sector Policy Brief: FORESTS AND BIODIVERSITY
URL: http://www.climatechange.mp.gov.in/sites/default/files/resources/MP_SectoralBrief_ForestsandBiodiversity_Final_LR.pdf
Date visited: 17 February 2021

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