OPINION: Time to scale-up nature-based solutions to forge a low-carbon and climate-resilient future for India

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Driving through Tehri district in Dev Bhoomi Uttarakhand this summer, the sight of smoke billowing from the pine forest dotted the cloud line. Locals informed that the blaze started in the first week of April and spread quickly due to high temperatures and strong winds, devouring local biodiversity and charring numerous birds and animals to death. In April 2022 alone, Uttarakhand recorded over 1,500 incidents of forest fires scorching over 2,891 hectares of forest land.

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India Bundled Wind by Land Rover Our Planet / CC BY

Women in Self-Help Group by EpiscopalRelief / CC BY

Farmer and his daughter both farm workers by IWMI Flickr Photos / CC BY

Herder-3 by Vijayaraj PS / CC BY