World Environment Day: Centre announces urban forest scheme
These forests will work as lungs of the cities and will primarily be on the forest land or any other vacant land offered by local urban local bodies, Javadekar said.
Stressing on this year's theme for the day, “Time for Nature”, with special focus on biodiversity, Javadekar said “thumb rule is if we protect nature, nature protects us”. Highlighting India's contribution towards biodiversity, the minister said despite having many constraints like only 2.5% of the world's landmass, 16% of humans as well as cattle population, the country has nearly 8% of world's biodiversity.
“India has 8% of world's biodiversity, despite having many constraint like only 2.5% of the world's landmass, has to carry 16% of human as well as cattle population and having only 4% of fresh water sources; the mega biodiversity that we have is the result of Indian ethos which is to be in sync with the nature,” he said
Forest min to launch ‘Nagar Van’ scheme in all states
With biodiversity the theme of World Environment Day (WED) this year, the ministry of environment, forest and climate change (MoEFCC) will launch ‘Nagar Van’ (city forest) scheme on June 5.
Forest officials said Union environment minister Prakash Javadekar will open the celebrations online by laying emphasis on urban forestry by setting up ‘Nagar Vans’ in cities having municipal councils and corporations. The details of the scheme will be announced the same day.