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The National Mission for a Green India:

The National Mission for a Green India is one of the eight Missions under the National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC).

Key innovations:
1. Focus on quality of forests Primary focus on improving density of forest cover 2. Focus on ecosystem services Emphasis on biodiversity, water and improved biomass Carbon sequestration as co-benefit Addressing ecosystems like grasslands, wetlands, urban and peri-urban 3. Focus on democratic decentralization Gram Sabha as overarching institution to facilitate implementation of the Mission activities at village level,nested as Polycentric Approach, not one size fits all. 4. Creating a new cadre of Community Youth as Foresters Build a skilled cadre of young community foresters from scheduled tribes and other forest dwelling communities 5. Adoption of Landscape-based Approach Interventions at scale (5000-6000 hectares) at a time Simultaneous treatment of forest and non forest areas Addressing key drivers of degradation 6. Reform Agenda as conditionality

Mission Objectives:
Mission Organization: National level: An Autonomous Society under the chairmanship of Minister for Environment and Forests with an inclusive Governing council; the mission to develop systems for highest degree of accountability State Level: Revamped State Forest Development Agency (SFDA) District Level: Revamped District FDA linked to District Planning Committee Village level: Gram Sabha and its Committees; In Schedule VI area, the Village Councils and Traditional Village Institutions In Urban Areas: Ward level Committees /RWAs with support from Municipal organizations and the Forest Departments.

Joint Forest Management

usually a village committee known as the Forest Protection Committee (FPC) and the Forest Department enter into a JFM agreement. Villagers agree to assist in the safeguarding of forest resources through protection from fire, grazing, and illegal harvesting in exchange for which they receive non-timber forest products and a share of the revenue from the sale of timber products
TERI has developed GRIHA (Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment), which was adopted as the national rating system for green buildings by the Government of India in 2007

The basic features of GRIHA

The system has been developed to help design and evaluate new buildings (buildings that are still at the inception stages). A building is assessed based on its predicted performance over its entire life cycle inception through operation. The stages of the life cycle that have been identified for evaluation are:

Pre-construction stage: (intra- and inter-site issues like proximity to public transport, type of soil, kind of land, where the property is located, the flora and fauna on the land before construction activity starts, the natural landscape and land features).

Building planning and construction stages: (issues of resource conservation and reduction in resource demand, resource utilization efficiency, resource recovery and reuse, and provisions for occupant health and well-being). The prime resources that are considered in this section are land, water, energy, air, and green cover.

Building operation and maintenance stage: (issues of operation and maintenance of building systems and processes, monitoring and recording of energy consumption, and occupant health and well-being, and also issues that affect the global and local environment).