MGNREGA-Assisted Afforestation for Climate Moderation in India: An Overview

Prakash Yadav *

Department of Forestry, Dr. Rajendra Prasad Central Agricultural University, Pusa, Bihar (848125), India.

Ramesh Kumar Jha

Department of Forestry, Dr. Rajendra Prasad Central Agricultural University, Pusa, Bihar (848125), India.

Rakesh Parasriya

Department of Forestry, Rani Laxmi Bai Central Agricultural University, Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh (284003), India.

Toushif P. K.

Department of Earth Sciences and Natural Resources Management, Mizoram University, Aizawl, Mizoram (796004), India.

Visha Jain

Department of Forestry, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh (221005), India.

Yalal Mallesh

Department of Forestry, Punjab Agriculture University, Ludhiana, Punjab (141004), India.

*Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.


Although the influence of climate on the distribution, production, and operation of vegetation on earth is widely recognized, little is known about how local climate is impacted by forests and tree cover. Studies on climate-forest feedbacks are becoming more prevalent as a result of climate change. By analyzing previous scientific research on the effects of forests on climate, this study seeks to give an in-depth look at how forests, climate, and water interact. The MGNREGA is a programme that does not only reduces rural unemployment but also combats poverty. This flagship program improves not only the economic side at the grassroots level, but also the social and environmental aspects through various initiatives such as water harvesting, social forestry, flood management, drought proofing, land development, efficient rural connectivity, and so on. All of India's sustainable development objectives are being directly or indirectly achieved by the federal government-sponsored programme MGNREGA, which employs a decentralized strategy. It is a strategy for more efficiency using resources to meet the needs of the present while preserving them for use by future generations. It makes sense that it is founded on economic, social, and ecological principles to advance sustainable human development. The present article is focused on evaluating the effect MGNREGA-assisted afforestation program has on climate change over the past few years across India.

Keywords: Climate, environment, forest, MGNREGA- afforestation, NRM, social forestry

How to Cite

Yadav , P., Jha , R. K., Parasriya , R., Toushif P. K., Jain, V., & Mallesh, Y. (2024). MGNREGA-Assisted Afforestation for Climate Moderation in India: An Overview. International Journal of Environment and Climate Change, 14(2), 310–321.


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