Envis Centre, Ministry of Environment & Forest, Govt. of India

Printed Date: Thursday, August 18, 2022

India’s climate mitigation potential in forests overestimated, finds study




by Sahana Ghosh



  • The climate mitigation potential of Indian forests, by building more carbon sinks, is overestimated, finds a new study.



  • Using a machine learning framework, the researchers defined additional areas suitable for forest restoration and agroforestry avoiding areas that do not support the growth of natural forests, such as grasslands, savannahs and woodlands.



  • The study finds that the additional mitigation potential from forest restoration in India is less than a quarter of the country’s commitments to the Paris Agreement in 2015.