India Forest-PLUS Success Story: Partnering to Plant More Trees
This brief outlines the convergence of efforts from the private sector, the government, and civil society to improve tree coverage in India by 2030. Forest-Plus facilitated this convergence to create a partnership model to make the Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) scalable. This model demonstrates the possibility of augmenting government efforts with private sector funding to increase forest cover and quality. Additionally, the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) implemented a wage employment program in all rural areas of India, thus developing a strong public-private partnership due to pit-digging labor and private funding for seedlings.
The success of the INDC initiative has led to planting of over 700,000 trees of native species and demonstrates the viability of mobilizing private sector funds for environmental and livelihood purposes.