The Contribution of Forest Sector in Building of Green Economy

Gurvinder Kaur and Manisha Sharma

  • Download PDF
  • DOI Number

Ecosystem services, Forests, Green Economy, Wood fuel, Biodiesel and Bamboo


Protection of environment has been the cornerstone of Indian ethos and culture. Forests play an important role in environmental stability and provide a variety of benefits to the economy. The current environmental crisis presents unique opportunities for moving towards greener future by giving a major thrust to the forest sector that will generate employment, create real and durable assets and help rebuild rural India . The objective of this paper is to assessing the contribution of forest sector in building green economy . The paper is divided into two sections, first section reflects the role of forest sector in building green economy and in second section explains suggestions and policy implications. Use of bio energy will contribute to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and will be helpful in conserving bio diversity as well as will reduce India’s dependence on importing oil. Producing biodiesel from tree-borne oilseeds is seen by many as a win-win opportunity to solve India’s most pressing problems. Biomass is a versatile renewable resource and wood fuels contribute 56 percent of total biomass energy in India. The time seems to be right to give forestry a prime place in India’s pursuit of more equitable, inclusive and sustainable development. Green economy can be built by joint effort of government and people of country. The transition to a green economy will entail moving away from the system that allowed, and at times generated, these crises to a system that proactively addresses and prevents them.

URL http://dspace.chitkara.edu.in/jspui/bitstream/1/773/3/22007_JCE_GURVINDER%20KAUR.pdf
DOI https://doi.org/10.15415/jce.2016.22007
  • UNEP (2011) Towards a Green Economy: Pathways to Sustainable Development and Poverty Eradication.
  • Gunatillek e Nimal (2015) Forest sector in a green economy: a paradigm shift in global trends and national planning in Sri Lanka , J. Natn. Sci. Foundation Sri Lanka 43(2) : 101-109.
  • UN. (2012). UNGA. Resolution A/RES/66/288. The Future We Want. United Nations General Assembly.
  • UNEP . (2013) Green Economy and Trade – Trends, Challenges and Opportunities
  • Senthilkjumar V, Gunasekaran P (2005) Bioethanol production from cellulosic substrates: engineeredbacteria and process integration challenges. J Sci. Ind. Res, 64 :845–853.
  • German Development Institute GDI (2008) Biodiesel policies for rural development in India, Report, German Development Institute, Bonn.
  • Planning Commission Government of India (2003) Report of the committee on development of biofuel.
  • K umar Sunil ,Chaube Alok , and Kumar Shashi (2012).Importance of Jatropha curcas for Indian Economy, N. Carels et al. (eds.), Jatropha, Challenges for a New Energy Crop: Volume 1: 13
  • Francis George, Edinger Raphael and Becker Klaus (2005) A Concept For Simultaneous Wasteland Reclamation, Fuel Production, And Socio-Economic Development In Degraded Areas In India: Need, Potential And Perspectives Of Jatropha Plantations, Natural Resources Forum 29 , Pp. 12–24.
  • German Development Institute GDI (2008) Biodiesel policies for rural development in India, Report, German Development Institute, Bonn.
  • Sax ena N.C. (1997) TheWoodfuel Scenario And Policy Issues In India, Field Document No.49 Regional Wood Energy Development Programme In Asia, Gcp/Ras/154/Net, Food And Agriculture Organization Of The United Nations, Bangkok.
  • GOI (2010) Forest Sector Report India, Indian council of Forestry research and Education, (Ministry of Environment and Forests), Dehradun.
  • FSI (2009) F orestry Statistic in India, (Ministry of Environment and Forests), Dehradun.
  • Shukla P.R. (1997) Implications of Global and Local Environment Policies on Biomass Energy Demand: A Long-term Analysis for India, Paper presented at the workshop on Biomass Energy: Data, Analysis and Trends Organized by International Energy Agency (IEA).