Diversifying and restoring landscape mosaics in the Western Ghats through incen8ve-‐ based models involving local communi8es Raman Sukumar Centre for Ecological Sciences Indian Ins8tute of Science Bangalore
Land tenures in Western Ghats • Protected Areas [Na8onal Parks, Wildlife Sanctuaries, Tiger Reserves] • Reserved Forests, Protected Forests • Revenue Forests, Village Forests • Commercial planta8ons [tea, coﬀee, cardamom, rubber] • Privately-‐owned lands [agriculture, homestead gardens, seRlements, fallow]
What are the major beneﬁts of restoring landscape mosaics in W. Ghats through incen:ves • Adapta8on to climate change would need assisted migra8on of plant and animal species • Given the complex land use and vegeta8on mosaic of the W. Ghats, the only manner in which to eﬀec8vely achieve this is through involving local people, private lands and community lands • This will help build ecological resilience as well as adapta8on of local communi8es and protec8ng livelihoods • Climate mi8ga8on will also be partly addressed through carbon sequestra8on
Funding mechanisms • Na:onal CAMPA: Compensatory Aﬀoresta8on Fund Management and Planning Authority Green India Mission Social Forestry and Joint Forest Management • Interna:onal REDD+ Voluntary Carbon markets
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