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
"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.