Today the Indian government approved an investment of $10.14 billion (460 billion rupees) for the National Mission for a Green India (NMGI). The plan will expand forests by five million hectares, while also remediating and improving forest quality on another five million hectares. The plan is part of a larger National Action Plan on Climate Change, with this move expected to result in the carbon sequestration of 50-60 million tons per year. The plan is also tied to forest jobs, biodiversity, water and ecosystem services.
As I had reported earlier, there is a considerable geospatial investment as part of the project, with calls for a high-resolution satellite imagery mosaic for the entire country and a centralized GIS database.
Read more in this feature from Hindustan Times.