9.63 MILLION HECTARES COVERED
in IORA's forest management and conservation projects
$ 1.5 MILLION LEVERAGED
from public and private sources towards climate change mitigation and adaptation actions
PART OF FORMULATION OF 5 NATIONAL POLICIES
1746 FOREST PERSONNEL TRAINED
on forest MRV, RS and GIS analysis and forest carbon estimation
$ 3.8 MILLION CARBON FINANCE GENERATED
leading the Indian market in commercialization of carbon offsets
INVOLVED in 19 STATES
of India on innovative solutions in Forestry, Natural Resource Management and Energy projects
PIONEER IN JURISDICTIONAL REDD+ IN INDIA
in Sikkim, Madhya Pradesh and Assam.
India Forest Portal (IFP) is the first platform in India dedicated exclusively to providing a public repository of information on India’s forests and developing a community of individuals and organization who are committed to enhancing the health of India’s forests. Co-developed by IORA Ecological Solutions and Vertiver, IFP has been created with the objective of consolidating disparate information on India’s forests into a singular platform and making it compelling for lay audiences who seek to know more about India’s forests and biodiversity and contribute to their conservation.
IFP was launched on the UN International Day of Forest, March 21st, 2015. Over the course of the year, the IFP team has developed a mobile app called iforest which will provide real time access to information that lets users know more about the forests in their vicinity.
Presently, most current knowledge about forests in India is contained in technical journals and publications by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC), Forest Research Institute (FRI), etc. IFP is being built to act as a single reference point that guides anybody interested in knowing about forests, one of the largest natural assets of the country. In order for India to achieve its forestry targets mentioned in the INDC, an active and engaged citizenry will have to be encouraged to participate in forest conservation initiatives by empowering them with the right information and knowledge.
Corporate Forest Responsibility (CFR), introduced by IORA Ecological Solutions and Forest PLUS was launched on August 28th, 2014 in Mumbai in the first private sector focused national level consultation conducted by the USAID/Forest-PLUS team in India.
CFR serves as the nexus between public and private enterprises for promoting sustainable business practices, conserving Forests and Biodiversity and empowerment of forest dependent communities in India. It facilitates private investment in the conservation and enhancement of forests by developing forestry based adaptation and mitigation measures. CFR is designed to be easily incorporated within the new Companies (Corporate Social Responsibility Policy) Rules, 2014 and business operations of corporations in India.
CFR yields an opportunity for companies to focus their conservation efforts towards an integrated ecosystem intervention approach. CFR addresses the entire value chain which includes
- Generating livelihood for forest dependent community,
- Protecting biodiversity,
- Contributing to afforestation programs and
- Investing in a rigorous community and government led monitoring and reporting regime.