Itanagar: Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Pema Khandu on Wednesday launched the statewide tree plantation programme ‘Clean-Green Arunachal Campaign 2019’. He kick-started the campaign by announcing to plant 1 lakh tree saplings within the next 24 hours.
Speaking on the occasion at Art of Living campus at Jollang, the CM said, to achieve the target of planting 1 lakh tree in a day, the drive is being carried out across the state by the state forest department and called for the day to be celebrated with applause. He said the campaign being held as part of Van Mahotsav celebration has also set the target of planting 1 crore trees within the next five years.
Speaking on the biodiversity richness of the state, Khandu said Arunachal is known globally for its huge forest cover and is considered one of the 18 ‘biodiversity hotspots’ in the world. He said the forest carbon stock in Arunachal comes to 148.52 tonnes per hector, which is highest in the country and whose value in terms of carbon credit at 6 Euros per tonne works out to Rs 48,000 crore annually.
Highlighting on the relevance of forest in tribal societies, CM Khandu said both are interconnected and culturally bonded where dependence on forest is vital for tribal people for their everyday needs. He called upon the forest department to come up with a vision to preserve this intricate link and to enable the tribal people to reap economic benefit from the forest in a sustainable way.
During the occasion, he also called for giving forethought to such agendas, which in the name of protecting Mother Earth only aims to block the development vital for the well being of the state. He said such misplaced agendas are not in the interest of the state and called upon the young mind to analyse for them.
All dignitaries and school children present later carried out a ceremonial plantation drive on the occasion. Present on the occasion were deputy chief minister Chowna Mein and urban development Minister Kamlung Mossang.