The National Mission for a Green India is one of the eight Missions under the National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC) – See following figure. It is designed to take positive steps toward the vulnerability assessment associated with depleting natural resources and their impacts on livelihoods of the local people. Further it leads to increase green cover of the country.
India has around 21% geographical area under the forest (FSI 2007). It could support variety of environmental amelioration through climate change mitigation, carbon sequestration, food security, water security, biodiversity conservation and livelihood security of forest dependent communities. Besides helping to meet growing demands for timber, firewood and other forest products, it would provide other benefits such as reducing present levels of soil erosion and water loss on degraded lands resulting in enhanced biodiversity.
The National Mission for a Green India has three main objectives;
1. Double the area to be taken up for afforestation /eco-restoration in India in the next 10 years, taking the total area to be afforested or eco-restored to 20 million ha. (i.e., 10 million ha of additional forest/non forest area to be treated by the Mission, in addition to the 10 million ha which is likely to be treated by Forest Department and other agencies through other interventions).
2. Increase the GHG removals by India’s forests to 6.35% of India’s annual total GHG emissions by the year 2020 (an increase of 1.5% over what it would be in the absence of the Mission). This would require an increase in above and below ground biomass in 10 million ha of forests/ecosystems, resulting in increased carbon sequestration of 43 million tons CO2-e annually.
3.Enhance the resilience of forests/ecosystems being treated under the Mission – enhance infiltration, groundwater recharge, stream and spring flows, biodiversity value, provisioning of services (fuel wood, fodder, timber, NTFPs, etc.) to help local communities adapt to climatic variability.
The great provision in this mission is to include local communities, bodies, and self help groups. Local people would be the part of project in governance and implementation. Steps will have been taken to strengthen Joint Forest Management Corporation, Community Forest Management groups, local panchayats including van panchayats. It would eventually help in capacity building of the mission.
Mission will administered by the Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF) on central level. The Mission will be serviced by a National Afforestation and Eco-development Board (NAEB). There will be two steering committees on central level (under the MoEF) and state level (under the state forest department) to provide necessary direction and support to the Mission activities. The implementation period of the Mission would be 10 years (FY 2010-2011 to FY 2019-2020) and total mission cost is estimated to be Rs 44,000 crores.
Afforestation and reforestation along with conservation/restoration of exiting forest and forest ecosystem is equally important. It’s always better to conserve what we have and then think about creating new one is emerging as a new strategy. The National Mission for a Green India also follows the same fundamental principle and aligned with country strategy on Reduced Emission from Deforestation and Forest Degradation- REDD Plus (Know more about world’s first REDD credit ).
The National Mission for a Green India will encourage and robust sectors like Afforestation and reforestation (Including wasteland restoration, etc), Agro forestry, Renewable energy and energy efficiency (e.g. Improved cook stoves, Biogas, biomass briquettes, etc can reduce burden on forest for firewood), Forest based industry (Introduction of Forest Certification for industries based on Timber and Medicine, Handicrafts, etc)
Ministry of Environment and Forest, Govt of India
Back some years ago, this great nation of India was born, and so it is quite natural that a country having such an historical record should have that strong Indian spirit that has not only made it the most envisaged economic center of this world, but also one of the largest democracies. India with a population of over 1.2 billion, which is a sixth of world’s population recently witnessed the largest successful democratic election. Many days after the election and through continuous exchange of ideas within the government came a movement called the “SWACH BHARAT ABHIYAN”.This was sought to be India’s biggest cleanliness drive and is billed as the most ambitious attack on dirt. When this idea came to light as any new idea would experience this so called “abhiyan” faced certain risks and potential pitfalls that could derail it.
Tainted as the movement may sound, it just seems to inspire and urge through its attempts at splashy marketing and focus on changing behaviors of us Indians . I believe it to be a movement set out to change perception of how we Indians conceive our surroundings and to change how we look at open defecation.While the movement started with certain big screen personalities, large businessman, bureaucrats and politicians being made to brandish brooms a lack of social will still seems to exist among the common man .But the same scenario seems to preside in our campus as well. While our web mails are being flooded with mail about awareness for a swachh bharat and drives being conducted in the tech fest about the abhiyan we students still do not seem to find our natural calling for throwing the trash where it belongs.
Making India an utopian society by 2019 might sound ludicrous but saving it from a becoming a total dystopia might just be possible. Cleaning up the country by 2019 is a humongous task that requires a change in mindsets. A bright mural on a wall behind the DTS encourages us NITians to pick up trash from the road but water supply in hostels is thin and trash is piled up on the road outside each dustbin. Here the real question lies in what this trash means to us students and what to do about it,and demands a deeper, more discomfiting reckoning. Many of us students still think “awareness” is the answer to public filth, but are not aware of our own complicity. The common attitude among us students seems to be a neat freak inside hostel rooms but to litter uncontrollably outside. Maybe the answer lies in not awareness but the likes of most of eastern Asia where strict penalties are imposed for littering.
We may be proud of our wonderful economic progress, and while we are also very proud of being the first country to reach mars on its first attempt, yet , we will feel a greater pride in the fact that we have become more cleaner than any other country in the whole world. We all know the saying that “charity begins at home” so why not begin by keeping our campus clean being that we live in country where educational institutes are considered as temples. Cleanliness does not require each and everyone of us holding brooms but the very act of caring for cleaner surroundings can goad individuals into action. Will the mission get bogged down in another bureaucratic wrangle or flourish to produce a new India ? we may never know unless we do our part well.BLOG COMMENTS POWERED BY DISQUS