Topic– Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation
6) Discuss the strategy Increasing Green Cover outside Recorded Forest Areas, as forwarded by the Abhijit Ghose committee report.(250 words)
Why this question
Recently the Abhijit Ghose committee submitted its report on increasing green cover outside recorded forest areas of India. It is an important document which needs to be discussed in detail.
Discuss- this is an all-encompassing directive which mandates us to write in detail about the key demand of the question. we also have to discuss about the related and important aspects of the question in order to bring out a complete picture of the issue in hand.
Key demand of the question.
The question wants us to write in detail about the recommendations of the Abhijit Ghose committee report and bring out the strategy envisaged by the report in order to increase the tree cover outside recorded forest areas in the country.
Structure of the answer
Write a few introductory lines about the importance of trees outside protected forests. E.g Adoption of agroforestry in a large scale will ensure the expansion of trees outside forests and gradually India could be a country of the net exporter in wood and wood products from its present status as a net importing nation in wood resulting in a huge savings of our foreign reserve currency.
Discuss the recommendations of the Abhijit Ghose committee report and also discuss its strategy to increase the tree cover in the country E.g
- Actions to achieve the NDC would require action on both forest lands and non-forest lands. On forest lands in terms of rehabilitating the degraded forests and improving other forest areas, and in respect of non-forest lands by creating additional tree cover through agroforestry, farm forestry, urban and peri-urban forests, roadside avenues.
- “rationalisation and easing out of felling and transit prescriptions on wood and wood products coming from agroforestry, farm forestry and tree cropping areas.”,
- “development of business models of tree cultivation on a pilot basis to wean the practice away from project funding to create self-sustaining market models.
- “evolving business models for tree cultivation to be supported by rationalised policy and regulatory regime, including those of felling and transit, accreditation of QPM [quality planting material] nurseries, and mandatory use of certified QPM.”
- “Development of appropriate PPP models involving the private sector and forest corporations and issuance of green bonds:
- Setting aside “fixed proportion of national highways and expressways projects for greening roadsides by responsible agencies” and “innovative ways of generating financial incentives, for example, by developing and establishing a carbon registry”,
- “leasing of wasteland to the corporate sector for re-greening following proper safeguards for local communities and wildlife” etc.
Conclusion– based on your discussion, form a fair and a balanced conclusion on the given issue.