Shimla: Himachal Pradesh chief minister Prem
Kumar Dhumal is leading a a delegation to Costa Rica to study
the efficient environment management of the Central American
country which would be emulated back home.
The purpose of the visit is to closely study the forestry
model implemented successfully by Costa Rica which has emerged
as first carbon neutral country of the world, official sources
Dhumal after assuming power in December 2007 has been
laying greater emphasis on environment conservation to make
Himachal Pradesh carbon neutral.
Union Environment and Forest minister Jairam Ramesh had
during his recent visit here praised the state for maintaining
greenary which is playing a pivotal role in absorbing carbon
emitted mainly by factories in North India and advocated
payment of green bonus to compensate such states for
After Costa Rica, the CM will travel to the US for a
meeting with the World Bank chairman on February 16 for
bringing more villages under Mid Himalayan watershed project,
the sources said.