How to make your eco-tourism eco-friendly: 1) Save the rainforest for your garden
Indian officials have said they are confident that a $1.5-billion plan to protect more than 2 million hectares of rainforest in northern India will meet their environmental protection targets.
Read full storyIndia’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday signed the plan, which has been described as “a massive and bold investment” to help protect 1.5 million hectares, with a focus on the Ganges and Yamuna rivers.
The project is being called a “historic, ambitious” environmental protection initiative to protect the world’s rainforests and wildlife habitats.
The plan, titled the Green India Plan, aims to help India to become a green power that is in sync with its nature.
It includes investing $1 billion in the environment and conservation, as well as $600 million to fund research and development in the field of ecology.
The new plan will create a National Forest Conservation Authority and a Green Land Fund to promote biodiversity conservation in forests and wildlife habitat.
The Green India plan is being implemented in four states, namely Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand and Uttarakhand, with the support of the Centre.