Report – India’s first NAMA in Forestry Sector
Designed India’s first Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action (NAMA) for the forestry sector on “Reducing Forest Degradation and Deforestation in Assam through Sustainable Fuelwood Management”. This initiative was a part of an Indo-German bilateral initiative guided by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Government of India and supported by GIZ, India.
REDD+ Reference Policy Document
Co-authored the REDD+ Reference Policy Document for MoEFCC, in accordance with the Cancun Agreement which states that developing countries willing to undertake REDD+ activities are required to follow a national strategy or action plan
India’s First REDD+ Manual for Practitioners
Designed India’s REDD+ Manual for Practitioners, first of its type, intends to be a quick access guide for forestry practitioners and end users so as to bring considerable clarity on REDD+ concepts and issues, and to initiate actions for getting ready for REDD+
High Conservation Value Forests: An Instrument for Effective Forest Fiscal Federalism in India: Fourteenth Finance Commission
IORA collaborated with IIFM to undertake a study to promote the case of conservation finance for country’s forests
Economic Valuation of Tiger Reserves in India: A value+ Approach
IORA assisted the Indian Institute of Forest Management (IIFM) to develop a methodology for valuation of ecosystem services in 6 tiger reserves across India. This study was commissioned to IIFM by the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) in 2016
Biodiversity Offsets Technical Study Paper
As a member of IUCN technical working group, IORA assisted and advised in designing of a strategy document for the development of a global biodiversity offsets policy. The strategy was formally accepted and isnow the basis of an IUCN global policy on biodiversity offsets
Incentive Mechanisms for Agro-biodiversity Conservation and Use: Mango, Value Chains and the Financing of Payment for Agro-biodiversity Conservation Services (PACS)
IORA developed an exploratory PACS (Payment for Agro-biodiversity Conservation Services) model to use markets as a reward mechanism for conservation and proliferation of Mango’s (Mangiferaindica) sub-species diversity in India. The abstract of report was selected for poster presentation in World Agroforestry Congress, 2014
Forest Ecosystem Valuation Study (FEVS)
The study was, undertaken by the United Nations Office for REDD+ Coordination in Indonesia (UNORCID) with funding support from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The study highlights the significance of the contributions provided by Indonesia’s forests and their ecosystem services, which are often not accounted for in mainstream decision making, but are critical due to their immense socio economic value.
TEEB (The Economics of Environment and Biodiversity) Scoping Study for India
IORA co-authored the TEEB – India Scoping Study for the forestry sector in partnership with the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore. The study was supported and published by MoEFCC, GoI.
Report on Coastal Zone Management in Maharashtra
Complete report of The Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) Programme of Government of India and World Bank. IORA proposed a comprehensive list of interventions under the ICZM based on synthesis of baseline data and consultation with government, research institutions, community and technology partners
Report on Development of a Decision Support Tool (DST)
The project aims to develop a regional decision support tool (DST) for the Department of Forest, Government of Maharashtra for undertaking afforestation programmes with positive impacts on water conservation and runoff avoidance.
Report on Green Accounting for the State of Uttarakhand
IORA, in collaboration with IIFM has carried out a research study on ‘Green Accounting of Forest Resources and Sustainable Environmental Performance Index’ for Uttarakhand, India. The study developed a “Sustainable Environment Performance Index” for the state of Uttarakhand. SEPI helps in assessing the overall environment performance and sustainability of the state. Report was formally launched by the cheif minister of Uttarakhand.