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Rajasthan, USAID launch initiative to increase tree coverage in the state

USAID has invested US$25 million in seven states including Assam, Andhra Pradesh, Haryana, Odisha, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, and Uttar Pradesh to increase tree coverage.

Trees Outside Forests in India program in the Rajasthan. Image - Twitter/@usaid_india

In its sustained effort to support the global goals to combat climate change in India, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) inked a pact with the Government of Rajasthan’s Forest Department to roll out the “Trees Outside Forests in India (TOFI)” program in the state.

Designed to bring together farmers, companies, and other private institutions to rapidly expand tree coverage outside of traditional forests in the state, TOFI will enhance carbon sequestration, support local communities, and strengthen the climate resilience of agriculture, thereby supporting global climate change mitigation and adaptation goals, a  statement released by USAID noted.

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