Omar for full utilization of CAMPA initiative in JK
GK NEWS NETWORK
Jammu, Jan 21: Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah Monday emphasized the need for rejuvenating the depleted forests and raising massive plantation on vacant available areas.
“Protection of forest wealth and rejuvenation of degraded forests are all the more necessary to maintain ecology, restrict climate change, save water bodies and fauna and flora of the State”, he said while asking for full utilization of Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management and Planning Authority (CAMPA) initiative in this regard.
Chairing the 2nd Governing Body meeting of CAMPA here today, Omar said the survival rate of newly planted plants needs to be monitored regularly by the departmental agencies as well as those of independent ones.
He asked the Forest Department to fast track the process of third party monitoring for afforestation programmes and other aspects pertaining to upgradation and development of forests in the State, an official statement said.
Omar said that plantation of Deodar, Conifer and other forest plants should be ensured in forest areas under the CAMPA besides taking befitting measures for protection of wildlife.
The Chief Minister received the brief on progress and achievements registered under CAMPA in the State for the last three years.
In a PowerPoint presentation Commissioner Secretary, Forests, Ajaz Iqbal said that 69.31 lakh planting material has been planted in forest area during last two years under the CAMPA.
He said the survival rate of plants has been registered at 70 percent. He said as against diversion of 11151 hectares of forest land for development purposes, about 18000 hectares have been brought under forest cover during last two years while 13000 hectares are being covered during the current year.
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