Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir Government on Monday launched a new policy aimed at conserving biodiversity, rehabilitation and protection of degraded forests among others.
"We have launched new forest policy-2010 aimed to conserve bio-diversity, rehabilitation of degraded forests, protection of forest land and creating a sustained people`s movement for healthy forests in the state," Minister for Forests and Environment Mian Altaf said.
He said the state forest policy has been formulated after extensive consultations with the stakeholders from civil society, NGOs, government departments, local communities and commercial organisations.
Altaf said the policy recognises the role forests in poverty alleviation and in meeting the needs of society.
He announced that participatory forest management will be central to forestry activities."People will be involved in various aspects of forest protection and management at planning," he said.
In order to maintain a continuous flow of goods as well as environmental services, the forest policy prescribes various strategies for sustainable management of forest resources.
Considering the potential of forests for climate change mitigation and adaptation, this policy lays emphasis on enhancement of forest carbon stocks and also provides for hundred percent incentives flow to the local community, Altaf said.
Popularising eco-tourism and nature tourism will be a key strategy for utilising the unique forest landscape of the state for providing employment avenues to the local people, the Minister said.