The Government of India has unveiled the “Green – Ag: Transforming Indian Agriculture for global environmental benefits and the conservation of critical biodiversity and forest landscapes” in association with Global Environment Facility (GEF).
The Green-Ag project features are:
The Green-Ag project would be implemented in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) in high-conservation-value landscapes of five States namely,
- Madhya Pradesh: Chambal Landscape,
- Mizoram: Dampa Landscape,
- Odisha: Similipal Landscape,
- Rajasthan: Desert National Park Landscape and
- Uttarakhand: Corbett-Rajaji Landscape.
The Green-Ag project aims to integrate biodiversity, climate change, and sustainable land management objectives and practices into Indian agriculture.
The Green-Ag project aims to catalyze a transformative change of India’s agricultural sector to support the achievement of national and global environmental benefits and conservation of critical biodiversity and forest landscapes.
The Green-Ag project supports harmonization between India’s agricultural and environmental sector priorities and investments to realize the national and global environmental benefits without compromising on India’s ability to strengthen rural livelihoods and meet its food and nutrition security.
GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT FACILITY
The Global Environment Facility (GEF) was established on the eve of the 1992 Rio Earth Summit to help tackle our planet’s most pressing environmental problems.
The GEF unites 183 countries in partnership with international institutions, civil society organizations (CSOs), and the private sector to address global environmental issues while supporting national sustainable development initiatives.
Since 1992, the GEF has provided over $17 billion in grants and mobilized an additional $88 billion in financing for more than 4000 projects in 170 countries.
Through its Small Grants Programme (SGP), the GEF has invested $450million and leveraged similar levels of co-financing supporting over 14,500 community based projects in over 125 countries.
An independently operating financial organization, the GEF provides grants for projects related to biodiversity, climate change, international waters, land degradation, the ozone layer, persistent organic pollutants (POPs), mercury, sustainable forest management, food security, sustainable cities.
The GEF also serves as financial mechanism for the following conventions:
- CBD Convention on Biological Diversity
- United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)
- UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD)
- Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs)
- Minamata Convention on Mercury
The GEF, although not linked formally to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (MP), supports implementation of the Protocol in countries with economies in transition.