Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE) in collaboration with International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) is implementing a transboundary landscape project titled "REDD+ Himalayas: Developing and using experience in implementing REDD+ in the Himalayas" in the state of Mizoram. District Mamit of Mizoram has been selected as a study site for implementation of the project activities. Shifting cultivation,fuel wood collection,over exploitation of non-timber forest products have been identified as direct drivers of deforestation and forest degradation whereas unemployment, lack of industries,lack of knowledge and awareness,and low connectivity of roads were identified as indirect drivers of deforestation and forest degradation in the study area. Views of the local communities were taken for developing necessary strategies for addressing the identified drivers.
Accordingly, in consultation with the local community, a strategy document has been prepared which has identified suitable and relevant strategies as well as activities for addressing the direct and indirect drivers responsible for deforestation and forest degradation in the study area. Institutional arrangement for implementation of identified strategies for addressing the drivers of deforestation and forest degradation,and convergence of identified strategies with ongoing programmes/ schemes in the state of Mizoram have also been highlighted in the report for effective implementation of REDD+ actions.