Thiruvananthapuram: A host of afforestation programmes taken up by the Kerala government in the last four years has received United Nations` recognition.
The programmes, implemented by the state Forest Department, like `Ente Maram Padhathi` (My Tree Scheme), `Haritha Keralam` (Greening Kerala), `Haritha Theeram` (Greening the Coast Programme), `Vazhiyorathanal Thanal` (Road-Side Planting of Shade Trees) have been widely appreciated for its effective implementation by the international agency.
As part of the programmes, a total of 1.87 crore saplings have been distributed and planted in the non-forest lands across the state contributing as part of the `Plant for the
Planet--Billion Tree Campaign` of the UNEP.
The state Minister for Forest Binoy Viswam would be honoured by presenting a certificate for the support and effective management of the innovative initiatives, Principal Chief Conservator of Forest T M Manoharan told reporters here Saturday.
"It is for the first time that the state has been receiving such an international recognition," Manoharan said.
While about 68 lakhs seedlings were planted and well-managed under the `My Tree Programme`, around 1.47 lakh seedlings were planted under the `Road-Side Planting of Shade Trees` project during the period between 2007-2010, he said.