What is Familial Forestry ?


Land for Life is an award programme of United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), which is conferred every two years.

      WHY IN NEWS:

Land for life Award 2021 was conferred to the Familial Forestry of Rajasthan, India, by UNCCD on 17th June 2021.

MINISTRY? :- Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change
SYLLABUS COVERED: GS 3 :  Climate Change



  • This movement involved more than a million families from more than 15,000 villages of desert-prone northwest Rajasthan.
  • About 2.5 million saplings have been planted in the past 15 years, with active participation of students and desert dwellers, as per UNCCD.

Familial Forestry

  • Familial Forestry of Rajasthan in India is a unique concept that relates a tree with a family, making it a green “family member”.
  • This green or eco socialization brings environmental sensitivity and empowerment.


  • Familial forestry starts with domestication of trees and goes beyond later. It directly involves family in plantation and its care.
  • When a house hold grows and nurture its own forest in and around house then the children of that house get sensitized about the surrounding during their primary stage of socialization.

  • Family gets fresh and organic vegetables, without extra land, water and labour because these vegetables are grown with trees. Family trees provide nesting place to birds, insects thus increase biodiversity.
  • Familial Forestry associates ritual and festivals with trees to make green foot- printing an integral part of social structure.


  • Sensitization at home motivates family to think about community forest.

  • Climate literacy and public understanding of the local dimensions of climate change are vital for public engagement and support climate action.
  • Education and civil engagement are the strongest predictors of public awareness of climate change.
  • Being a bottom up approach Familial forestry directly involves community specially our younger people in climate action thus it has been replicated.


  • The land for life award is world’s highest award for land conservation and restoration.

It’s given biennial by United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification, an United Nations arm that works on land restoration and conservation.

  • The Land for Life Award is designed to reward impactful holistic approaches and practices that contribute to land restoration and conservation through exemplary and innovative efforts.
  • The theme of 2021 award was “Healthy Land, Healthy Lives”.

      IASbhai WINDUP: 

  • The idea of institutional forest is an extension of familial forestry concept from house to educational institutions and community level.

  • It also ignites collective consciousness to foster the societal engagement in environmental conservation.
     SOURCES:  PIB   | What is Familial Forestry ?

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