Dhumal going to Costa Rica to study its environment management

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 added.

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 environment service.

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.