Celebrating Van Mahotsav- Starting on July 5

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Van Mahotsav, an annual tree-planting movement in India began in 1950. The name Van Mahotsava means “the festival of trees”. It has gained significant national importance and, every year, millions of saplings are planted across India in observation of Van Mahotsav week.

State of Forests in India

State of Forests in India

State of Forests in India

  • PM Narendra Modi’s emphasis on ‘Van Dhan’ to enhance the country’s forest-based economy
  • Improving the biodiversity and living in harmony with nature part of India’s culture
  • Increase India’s Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDCs) to create additional Carbon Sink of 2.5 to 3 Billion Ton of CO2 equivalent through additional forest cover by 2030, as submitted to UNFCCC.

About Van Mahotsav

  • Began in 1950
  • Started by Dr. K. M. Munshi, the then Union Minister for Agriculture and Food
  • Simultaneously celebrated in other states in India.
  • Observed in the first week of July every year
  • Keeps local people involved in plantation drives and spread environmental awareness.
  • Includes programmes like screening of short films and documentaries, seminars and exhibition, painting and poster competitions
  • Serves purposes like providing alternative fuel options, food for cattle, helps in soil conservation and enhances aesthetic beauty.

State of Forests in India

  • According to the forest department, for every tree felled ten trees should be planted to make up for its loss
  • As at 2016, tree cover of India (including forests and non-forest areas) was 23.81%. The Government of India has set a target of 33 % cover by 2020.

- Published/Last Modified on: July 9, 2017