Government launches Urban Forest Programme to mark World Environment Day

On World Environment Day, the biggest annual event in the world by the United Nations to mark the awareness about the environment amongst people, India pledged its dedication to protecting the values for saving the abundant resources of mother earth.

President Ram Nath Kovind has said that India will remain committed to join hands with other nations to ensure a greener planet for posterity. Extending greetings on the occasion of World Environment Day, Mr Kovind said, the day reminds us to appreciate inter-connectedness of all living beings.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has also urged people to collectively ensure that the flora and fauna thrives on mother Earth. He reiterated the pledge to preserve nature’s rich biodiversity. In his latest Mann Ki Baat last Sunday, Prime Minister said, that every Indian should contribute to the nature by planting at least one tree to bring positive change in the environment.

Union Environment Minister, Prakash Javadekar launched the Urban Forest program on the occasion of World Environment Day. Mr. Javadekar emphasised on the need to promote Urban Forests, Nagar Van initiative through active public participation. In the initial phase, under this program, forests will be developed in 200 corporations and cities in the country. The Environment Minister highlighted the success of Wajre Urban forest in the city of Pune, Maharashtra which has been developed on a 40 acre degraded land area.

Speaking in a virtual celebration hosted by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Mr. Javadekar said, despite all constraints, the country has managed to preserve around 8 per cent of the world’s biodiversity through its rich culture of worshipping and nurturing every aspect of mother nature. He said, the country believes in the principle of Prithvi Rakshti Rakshatah, which means Mother Nature protects those, who protect her.