Policy Advocacy

NCCF has a repository of Experts from different fields, having expertise from the diverse field of forestry, auditing, research, government and many more. NCCF provides policy advocacy on diverse National and International themes/policies/acts/laws to highlight the concerns of the industry, NGOs, communities, institutes etc. to the Government.

Brief note on Forestry in Tripura for welfare of Tribals
NCCF prepared a brief note addressing the enhancement of alternative economic activities for the welfare of Tripura Tribals through Forest Management interventions . The note lists the recent developments and existing livelihood opportunities in Tripura, besides suggesting key potential sectors that may improve local livelihoods in Tripura. Economic benefits to Tribals resulting from implementation of FRA Act 2006 have also been explicitly stated.
Draft Compensatory Afforestation Fund Rules:  The MoEFCC via its notification G.S.R. 172(E) dated 16th February 2018 had invited comments/suggestions of the stakeholders on the draft Compensatory Afforestation Fund Rules, 2018. NCCF submitted its comments on the draft Rules. The NCCF’s comments/suggestions were on the provisions, concerning sustainable forest management, compensatory afforestation, regeneration of degraded forests, wildlife management, managing human-wildlife conflicts, development of infrastructure of forest departments, strengthening of institutions, setting up centres of excellence and standard setting and many more
Draft National Forest Policy:  The MoEFCC via notification F. No. 1-1/2012-FP (Vol.4) dated 14th March 2018 had invited comments/suggestions from the stakeholders on the draft National Forest Policy, 2018. NCCF had submitted comments on the different provisions under the revised policy draft.
Strategy paper on achieving the 33 % forest cover in India: NCCF had submitted a draft strategy paper to MoEF & CC on strategy to achieve 33% forest cover in India. The paper highlighted the present scenario of the land use and proposed potential policy changes for achieving the 33% forest cover in India
TOF Expert Committee: In order to formulate a strategy to increase the green cover/tree cover outside recorded forest areas (Tree Outside Forests) and particularly agroforestry, MoEFCC had constituted a high-level Committee in January 2018 under the Chairmanship of Mr. Abhijit Ghose, IFS (retd). Mr. Sachin Raj Jain, Treasurer, Mr. Suneel Kumar Pandey, Secretary and Mr. A K Srivastava, Executive Director, NCCF were members of this committee. NCCF actively participated in all the meeting and the contribution was duly acknowledged. Further, NCCF extended secretarial support the chairman in the final formatting and compilation of the committee report.
Compensatory Afforestation Bill 2015: The Select Committee constituted by the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs to examine the Compensatory Afforestation Bill- 2015 invited comments of the stakeholders.The NCCF offered its comments to the Rajya Sabha Secretariat. While strongly supporting the bill, NCCF commented that the said bill would encourage effective utilization of the funds by the States and Union Territory Governments for undertaking artificial regeneration (plantations), assisted natural regeneration, protection of forests, forest related infrastructure development, Green India Programme, wildlife conservation, human-wildlife conflict management and other related activities and for matters connected there- with or incidental thereto.
Assistance to the Nepal Certification Standard Development Process: Nepal is in process of developing their nation specific forest certification scheme. In the same regard, Mr. Sachin Raj Jain, Convener NCCF visited the office of GFN to guide them about the standard development process. As a part of this continued support, a representative from the GFN visited the NCCF office to understand the system requirements and the development process. Ms. Deepali Rautela, Assistant Director, NCCF provided the technical and administrative support to the standard development process of Nepal. Further NCCF has actively participated in the pilot testing of the Nepal Draft standard with Mr. A K Varma, IFS (retd), Chair – SDG- FM and Member , NCCF and Ms. Taruna, Member – SDG –FM NCCF leading the pilot testing team in capacity of the Auditor.
 CITES related trade constraints of Dalbergia spp:
In early 2017 The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), called for moving all the species of Dalbergia including Dalbergia latifolia (Rosewood) and Dalbergia sissoo (Sheesham) to Appendix II of CITES, resulting in Indian exporters of wooden handicrafts using the said species to necessarily obtain CITES permit for exporting the finished products to global markets. NCCF proactively advocated with the Ministry to perform NDF study before reaching a final decision as livelihood of millions of people is dependent on the extraction and trade of the mentioned species .
Draft Policy Paper on Promoting Sustainable Trade of Wood And Wood Based Industries:
NCCF prepared and presented the policy paper on promoting sustainable trade of wood and wood based industries to Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Ministry of Commerce, Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers welfare. The paper presented the figures of the domestic consumption and production of wood products in the existing wood markets in India, the Projected wood demand and supply in India, International Trade and potential of “ make in India “ in wood sector. The paper also highlighted the current policy gaps limiting the growth of the wood and wood based products for increase of trade and commerce in India and suggested recommendations to the central ministries of the Government of India for making the situation favourable
Strategy paper on achieving the 33 % forest cover in India: 
NCCF had submitted a draft strategy paper to MoEF&CC on strategy to achieve 33% forest cover in India. The paper highlighted the present scenario of the land use and proposed potential policy changes for achieving the 33% forest cover in India