Govt launches massive tree plantation drive across State

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Feb 15;Divisional Commissioner (Kashmir) Dr Asgar Hassan Samoon  said that administration has launched a massive forestation drive across the state under which more than one crore saplings would be planted in areas which have witnessed large scale deforestation.

“The government has chalked out a comprehensive plan to rejuvenate the degraded forests across the state,” Divisional Commissioner (Kashmir) Dr Asgar Hassan Samoon told official, during a review meeting here.

“A massive plantation drive has been launched with the active support of local people and several other stakeholders under public private partnership,” he said.

“The plantation drive would be a regular feature and the departments have already identified the worst affected areas,” he said.

The meeting was informed that the Forest Department has developed over 150 nurseries across the state which have over one crore saplings that would be planted in the degraded areas. They said that in Kashmir division nearly 20 lakh deodar and Kail (Kaur) saplings are being planted across all the districts, including Leh and Ladakh.

Chairing a high level meeting of senior administrative officials, including officials from State Forest Department, Department of Social Forestry, Department of Social Conservation, Department of Agriculture, Horticulture, Sericulture, and Floriculture among Deputy Commissioners of all the districts, Dr Samoon said the drive should be launched under compete scrutiny.

He said that the environment and climate change were among the biggest challenges concerning the world and efforts are being made by individual countries to effectively deal with this hazard.

“The officials especially the DCs of the concerned districts have to collectively make a resolve to address it by putting an effective mechanism in place to plant more and more tress in their districts,” he said. He called upon civil society members to come out with concrete suggestions which can help in rejuvenating the environment across J&K.

Stressing the need for coordinated efforts by the concerned departments for achieving the greater goal, Dr Samoon directed officials to chalk out a strategy to undertake affective awareness campaigns throughout the State to educate the masses about the hazards of environmental degradation.

He also highlighted the role of the media and educational institutions in creating awareness in the society and said these two must focus on this paramount cause to the planet from further destruction.

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