Haryana is primarily an
agricultural state with almost 81% of its land under agriculture. The Forest
and Tree Cover extends to 6.65 % of the total geographical area of the state.
Forest department is committed to increase the Forest and Tree Cover in the
State for improving the Environment and conserving the Bio-diversity of forests
and wild life through community participation. To achieve this, schemes like
“Har Ghar Hariyali” for planting in every household, Agro-forestry for planting
on Farm lands, Panchayat lands and Institutional lands are being implemented. Special
emphasis is being given to plantation of indigenous species like Neem, Shisham,
Barh, Pipal, Bakain, Jand, Rohera etc.
Nature Education and
Awareness Programme has been launched from Kalesar by Hon’ble Chief Minister,
Haryana wherein local people especially the youth, women and school teachers
are sensitized to preserve and protect the natural resources. Herbal Parks have
been developed in every district to bring people closer to the natural
ecosystem. So far 58 Herbal Parks have already been established. This will help
the people in a long way to adopt environment friendly attitudes in their lives
and thus, they will act as Green Volunteers of future.
Vulture Conservation Breeding Programme
has been successfully launched in Haryana. This programme is being executed in
collaboration with Bombay Natural History Society (Indian NGO), Royal Society
for Protection of Birds, London (International NGO) by Forest department,
Haryana. Soft release of the captive bred vultures was done by Hon’ble Chief
Minister, Haryana at this centre in the month of November, 2015 – the first
ever in Asia. This programme has been recognized internationally.
Emphasis has also been
given to Soil and Moisture Conservation in the Shivaliks. All existing Water
Harvesting Structures (WHSs) in the Shivaliks have been mapped. All feasible
sites for construction of new WHSs from Kalesar to Kalka have been identified.
System (MIS) and Geographical Information System (GIS), significant tools for
scientific planning and management, are being developed to improve efficiency
in accounts, administration, forest and wildlife management and personnel
management. Two e-Citizen Services namely “Permission for felling of trees” and “NOCs in respect of PLPA or Forest
or Restricted lands” are being launched online so that the citizens are
A pilot project on Renovation and
Rejuvenation of abandoned bunds has been started in Gurgaon under PPP mode by
involving Corporate Houses for funding from CSR funds and Non-Governmental
Organization. This will create green urban spaces which will instill the sense
of belongingness among citizens.
To further the cause of Forestry &
Wildlife, Forest department has been instrumental in organizing rural women
into Self Help Groups (SHGs). So far, 2195 SHGs have been constituted in about
946 villages. This has helped in improving their socio economic status, by
adoption of Income Generation Activities. These members are actively involved
in activities like afforestation, vermi-composting, organic farming, saving
girl child etc. This has increased the awareness of masses and will facilitate
in making Haryana Clean & Green.
Various initiatives have been taken to
protect Wildlife in Shivaliks and Aravallis. Wildlife Institute of India,
Dehradun has been actively involved in mapping wildlife sensitive areas. Govt.
of Haryana has taken a laudable step by implementing the concept of Natural Conservation
Zones due to which beautiful forests like “Mangar Bani” have been saved.
make tree planting and protection a way of life, all citizens are requested to
make earnest efforts in this direction & to make our surroundings
beautiful, clean and green.