Himachal selected for reforestation under World Bank grant

Shimla: State Forest Minister JP Nadda informed that Himachal Pradesh had been selected for reforestation in the entire Mid Himalayan Region, reclamation of degraded lands and improving the livelihood of communities through Bio-Carbon Revenue Project under Rs. 365 crore Mid Himalayan Watershed Development Project (MHWDP) with major financial assistance of World Bank. Nadda said state was committed to increase the green cover. He was chairing the meeting of state and world bank officials.

Forest Minister informed 602 Gram Panchayats of 42 Development Blocks of 10 Districts, excluding all tribal areas of the State had been brought under the MHWDP.

World Bank was contributing Rs. 270 crore whereas the share of the State Government and targeted beneficiaries would be Rs. 67.50 crore as Rs. 27.50 crore respectively.

The reforestation activities would be carried out on 12000 hectares of land under this project, on community, forest and private lands.

Nadda thanked the World Bank authorities for approval of the Kandi Project as well as the Bio-Carbon Revenue Project in a time bound manner. He said that Himachal Pradesh had emerged as the first model State in the country for preparing the Project Design Document of Bio-Carbon Revenue Project for final approval of the World Bank authorities.

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