The Telangana government has been successfully implementing its comprehensive action plan to increase the green cover by 33 per cent in the state through Haritha Haram, stated the Minister for Forest and Environment Indrakaran Reddy.
Delivering his inaugural address at a one-day Conference on “Forest Landscape Restoration – Developing Strategies for Global & National Commitments” organized by the Telangana State Forest Department here in the city today, the Minister said nearly 3 Lakh Hectares have been increased so far and the objective of the government is to achieve 10 lakh hectares at least.
The Conference was attended by various stakeholders including Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change (MoEF&CC), Govt. of India; Indian Council of Forestry Research & Education (ICFRE); Forest Survey of India(FSI); Institute of Forest Biodiversity (IFB); Administrative Staff College of India (ASCI); International Institutions, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), International Union of Forestry Research Organizations (IUFRO); World Resources Institute (WRI), United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Officers of Forest Department, Panchayati Raj & Rural Development, Municipal Administration & Urban Development, Horticulture Department; Other related Institutions, Non- Governmental Organizations etc.
The Conference deliberated upon different National commitments under Biodiversity, Carbon Sequestration, REDD+, Land Degradation Neutrality, Ecosystem Services, Bonn Challenge, Water, Human Wellbeing and Sustainable Development Goals. The latest methodologies and use of technologies in assessment, planning, implementation, monitoring & evaluation will be discussed. Finally, the conference aims to suggest how a comprehensive approach could emerge for preparation of a roadmap for the restoration of the entire forest landscape in Telangana, duly contributing to Global & National Commitments in collaboration with organizations of National & International repute.
Notable visitors who attended the conference include the Director-General of Indian Council of Forests Research & Education Dr Suresh Gairola, Director General, Forest Survey of India Dr Subash Ashutosh, Inspector General of Forests, NAEB Pankaj Asthana, Country Representative, IUCNIndia Dr Vivek Saxena, Senior Forestry Advisor, USAIDIndia Varghese Paul, Director, Institute of Green Economy Dr.Promode Kant, World Resources Institute Dr. Ruchika Singh, Spl. Chief Secretary, EFS &T Dept., Telangana Rajeshwar Tiwari, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (HoFF) R. Shobha, Addl. Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, CAMPA Lokesh Jaiswal, Senior Officers of Telangana Forest Dept. from Hyderabad and other Districts.