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Paying Tribute to Mother Nature with “A Tree for Every Citizen’ Initiative

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Coinciding with the World Environment Day 2014, the Government of Kerala, in the southernmost tip of India, has introduced a Participatory Environment Action Programme (PEAP), which aims at a comprehensive participatory approach to address environmental challenges.

As part of the PEAP, the Kerala Forests & Wildlife department will be launching a participatory programme christened ‘Harithasree’. The programme will be participatory and would involve increasing greenery, enhancing biodiversity and improving local eco-systems.

forestry2The programme has begun with a participatory tree planting initiative on World Environment Day 5th June, 2014. During the designated Green Hour 10.30 a.m to 11.30 a.m on 5th June, 2014, citizens, institutions, Government departments, organizations, and NGOs will join hands to plant one million seedlings.

According to the Kerala Forests & Wildlife department, the initiative is different as it involves sustained action. The philosophy of the tree planting initiative is “A tree for every citizen”. Each citizen will be encouraged to plant, nurture & protect at least one seedling and ensure its survival. All of this involves sustained efforts.

Various Institutions and organizations such as educational institutions, Local Self Government Departments, Kudumbasree units, Forest Development Agencies, NSS, NCC, Student Police Cadets, Postal Department, Police Department, Indian Navy, Army, Indian Railways, NGOs, Political Parties / Religious /Other organizations, and Corporates.

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The District Head of these organizations receiving the seedlings is expected to keep a register of seedlings received and assign one seedling to one person – A tree for every citizen. The person planting the seedling is expected to nurture & protect the seedling and ensure its survival.

Periodical monitoring after 3 months, 6 months and 9 months will be conducted by District Head of the organization, the Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, Social Forestry, Thiruvananthapuram, said.

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