The Ministry of Environment and Forests proposes to take up plantation over 6 million hectares of degraded forests of the country in two Phases by utilizing the money collected under Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management and Planning Authority (CAMPA). This has been known as "Green India Programme".
The money collected under CAMPA besides being used to partly finance the Green India Programme would be mainly used for site specific schemes approved for taking up compensatory afforestation, artificial regeneration (plantation), natural assisted regeneration, forest management, protection, infrastructure development, wildlife protection and management. These activities besides greening the country would also help in mitigating the adverse effects of climate change.
The State Government of Rajasthan has informed that Prosopis Juliflora had not been planted in Rajasthan during the last 10 years except on few refractory sites where other species would not come up. While Prosopis Juliflora is acting as an impenetrable barrier to biotic interference thereby contributing towards conservation of bio-diversity, there are a few areas where it has become menace to plants and wildlife. Therefore, its eradication in such areas has been taken up.
Under the proposed Green India Programme the implementation would be done through the mechanism of Joint Forest Management using the Forest Development Agencies (FDAs).
This information was given by the Minister of State for Environment and Forests Shri S. Regupathy, in a written reply to a question by Shri. Lalit Kishore Chaturvedi and Dr. Gyan Prakash Pilania in the Rajya Sabha today.