Rs. 19,000-crore afforestation plan launched

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  • March 20, 2022
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Rs. 19,000-crore afforestation plan launched

Part of: Prelims and GS-III Environment 

Context:  The Centre envisages a Rs. 19,000–crore project to rejuvenate 13 major rivers by planting trees.

Key takeaways 

  • The rivers are the Jhelum, Chenab, Ravi, Beas, Sutlej, Yamuna, Brahmaputra, Luni, Narmada, Godavari, Mahanadi, Krishna and Cauvery funded by the National Afforestation & Eco-development Board.
  • Trees shall be planted on both sides of these rivers and their tributaries.

Significance of the project

  • increase cumulative forest cover in the vicinity of these 13 rivers.
  • help achieve national goals related to climate change and sustainable development.
  • help recharge groundwater
  • reduce sedimentation
  • generate Rs. 449.01 crore from non-timber and other forest produce 
  • provide employment
  • reduce erosion

News Source: TH

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