Arunachal to incentivize tribals who conserve forests

Arunachal Pradesh is contemplating providing incentives to tribal communities in the state who would contribute towards conservation of forest in their respective areas.

Updated: Jan 28, 2011, 18:22 PM IST

Itanagar: Arunachal Pradesh is contemplating
providing incentives to tribal communities in the state who
would contribute towards conservation of forest in their
respective areas.

Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu during a day-long workshop on
`Preparation of State Action Plan on Climate Change (SAPCC)`
here asked the scientists who would be preparing the action
plan to carve out means to provide incentives to the
communities conserving forest in their areas.

"Local communities in the state have maintained pristine
forest since time immemorial, but the need of development in
form of infrastructure, roads, electricity and basic human
amenities have shied their interest in maintaining the
forest," Khandu said while justifying his decision
in providing incentives.

He said, Arunachal Pradesh with 82 percent forest cover
has been substantially contributing towards checking global
warming.

"The arrival of various developmental projects has
undoubtedly put pressure on the forest but the forest
department has to ensure that the harmful effects of
developmental projects are mitigated by adopting
appropriate forestry interventions," the Chief Minister said.

While lauding Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for his
revolutionary vision in initiating the National Action Plan on
Climate Change, Khandu urged the delegates present to take up
the issue with a missionary zeal.

Khandu also exhorted all the officials to extend all
possible assistance to the concerned department for effective
preparation of the state action plan on Climate Change.

The day long workshop was organized by the state
Environment and Social Forestry Department.

PTI