Topic -Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment
5) The “Billion Tree Tsunami (BTT)” project holds many lessons which can be incorporated in other such environmental protection programmes. Discuss.(250 words)
Why this question
Although there is not much to learn from our neighbour, its efforts in planting around a billion trees in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province (KPP) are laudable. There is a lot to learn from the programme. The issue is related to GS-3 syllabus under the following heading-
Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment
Key demand of the question.
The question wants us to highlight the key takeaways from the BTT project and discuss each of them briefly. We have to discuss their relevance in other such environmental conservation programmes back in India.
Discuss- we have to deliberate on the structure and organization of the project and what are the lessons we can learn from them and incorporate in other such programmes.
Structure of the answer
Introduction – Give a brief introduction of BTT, where it is implemented, since when etc. You can also mention the unconfirmed nature of the record but yet it is a remarkable incident as far as ground results are concerned.
Discuss in points the key takeaways from the programme and discuss each of them briefly.
E.g Deploying all the three strategies together- afforestation, reforestation and avoiding deforestation; PPP in nurseries, youth nurseries programme; community participation and resource sharing; creating stakes by generating jobs etc.
Conclusion- Based on your discussion, sum up a fair, concise and a balanced opinion on the issue.