Union Minister launches Nagar van scheme

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News: On the occasion of World Environment Day, Union minister for Environment, Forests and Climate Change has launched Nagar van (City Forest) scheme.

Facts:

  • Aim: To increase forest cover in urban areas by developing 200 Urban Forests across the country in next five years.
  • Implementation : It will be implemented with people’s participation and collaboration between the Forest Department, Municipal bodies, NGOs and corporates.
  • Funding: It will be funded in part by the Compensatory Afforestation Fund Act (CAMPA),2016 funds.

Additional Facts:

  • Warje Urban Forest or Smriti Van: It is a Public Private partnership project of Pune that has been successful in converting 16.8 hectare of barren Warje hill into green forests.
  • Urban Forest: It is a forest or a collection of trees that grow within a city, town or a suburb.In a wider sense, it may include any kind of woody plant vegetation growing in and around human settlements.