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Familial Forestry- Relevance for UPSC Exam

  • GS Paper3: Environment- Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation.

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Familial Forestry in news

  • Land for life Award 2021 was conferred to the Familial Forestry of Rajasthan, India, by UNCCD on 17thJune 2021.
  • UNCCD said that the Familial Forestry of Rajasthan, India is a unique concept that relates a tree with a family, making it a green “family member”.

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What is Land for Life Award?

  • About: Land for Life is an award program of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD).
  • Frequency: Land for Life Award is conferred every two years by the UNCCD.
    • The Familial Forestry of Rajasthan was chosen by UNCCD for the Land for life Award 2021.
  • Aim: The Land for Life Award aims to provide global recognition to individuals and organizations whose work and initiatives have made a significant contribution to sustainable development through sustainable land management (SLM).

India State of Forest Report 2021

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What is Familial Forestry?

  • About: Familial Forestry means caring for the tree as a family member so that the tree becomes a part of the family’s consciousness.
  • Familial Forestry Movement of Rajasthan: This movement involved more than a million families from more than 15,000 villages of desert-prone northwest Rajasthan.
    • About 2.5 million saplings have been planted in the past 15 years, with the active participation of students and desert dwellers, as per UNCCD.

United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification


Government Initiative for Forest Conservation

  • The Government has various schemes relating to afforestation/plantation leading to combating desertification and land degradation.
  • For example-
    • National Afforestation Programme (NAP),
    • National Mission for a Green India (GIM), etc.



  • Background: The United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), was established in 1994.
  • About: UNCCD is the sole legally binding international agreement linking environment and development to sustainable land management.
  • Scope: UNCCD Convention addresses specifically the arid, semi-arid and dry sub-humid areas, known as the drylands.
  • New UNCCD 2018-2030 Strategic Framework: It is the most comprehensive global commitment to achieve Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) in order to-
    • Restore the productivity of vast expanses of degraded land,
    • Improve the livelihoods of more than 1.3 billion people, and
    • Reduce the impacts of drought on vulnerable populations to build.


India State of Forest Report 2021

India State of Forest Report 2021

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