GREEN COVER RETENTION 2017: CRITICAL NEED, POLICY AND PRACTICES 2017 AIMS AT SETTING SOLUTIONS TO RETAIN THE GREEN COVER OF INDIA. A SEMINAR ORGANIZED BY INSTITUTE OF WOOD SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY AND VOLVO TRUCKS INDIA
Shri. Hon’ble Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda Minister for Statistics and Programme Implementation will inaugurate the ‘Green Cover Retention’ national seminar on 31st Oct, 2017 at 10:00 AM
Bengaluru : Environmental degradation is currently the most critical area of concern not only in India but also globally and the pace of degradation is increasing at a rapid rate. Urbanization, Mining, Infrastructure growth etc. have resulted in deforestation which is adversely impacting the climate and also leaving behind severe repercussions on Human life.
With India becoming the fastest growing economies of the world development projects are booming like anything and as we know tree cutting is a part of majority of the projects. Although necessary laws pertaining to compensatory afforestation are there but in an age where climate change is fast becoming a reality they may not suffice. Also, India recently ratified the COP21 agreement as per which we need to create an additional carbon sink of 2.5 billion tonnes of CO2. Keeping in mind the aforesaid, it’s important that we start looking at ways in which the economic development can go hand in hand with environmental protection. Our country’s stringent forest and environmental laws and consistent involvement of the judiciary for enforcing the same has enabled it to retain its green cover despite huge biotic pressure.
Institute of Wood Science and Technology (IWST) under Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE), Ministry of Environment and Forest, has embarked on an ambitious project for exploring ways to retain our existing green cover. They have worked closely with industrial partners like Volvo Trucks, to drive solutions like tree transplantation, which aims to retain our existing Green Cover by using scientific and industrial knowledge. Semi mature to mature trees which are nearly midway their lifecycle have maximum potential of carbon sequestration. Retaining such mature trees through the technique of tree transplantation is good for mitigation of impacts of climate change.
“After more than one year of successful operation of the transplantation projects, the Institute organised the seminar “Green Cover Retention 2017” to bring together researchers, scientists, academicians and industry professionals to understand and debate on this critical issue and help create a way forward to form “Policies and Practices” that will help our world to be a better place for generations to come” said by Mr. Surendra Kumar, Director, IWST.
Some key corporates like Volvo Group, Karamjeet Singh & Co Ltd, South Eastern Coalfields Ltd, National Mineral Development Corporation (NMDC) and Green Morning Horticulture Pvt ltd are partnering with IWST and ICFRE to take a step towards saving the environment.
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The Volvo Group’s mission is to drive prosperity through transport solutions, and sustainability is the guiding principle that underpins our aspirations in this journey. This also means that our products and services’ solutions are aligned in the direction of holistic sustainability that enshrines environment care, innovation, economic efficiency & viability, with societal inclusiveness. Volvo Group is the world’s first automotive manufacturer to be approved by World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to participate in its Climate Savers program. Under the current agreement, covering the period between 2015 and 2020, we are committed to a cumulative reduction of CO2 emissions from our products and production by atleast 40 million tons, compared to 2013 levels. And we do this through a focus on all steps – the manufacturing process & technology, product technology, the product application, the transport concept and the host of services associated with our solutions. We believe that tree transplantation can help save millions of trees during highway construction and other building activities and this would be an invaluable tool in society’s ambition to preserve and increase the green cover of our country. I am glad to see the host of stakeholders from various sections coming together at this seminar to deliberate and create a policy recommendation to achieve this critical and urgent need, said Kamal Bali, President & MD, Volvo Group in India.
The Government of Mysore had set up a Forest Research Laboratory (FRL) at Bangalore in 1938. In the initial years, work was carried out mainly on properties and uses of different timber species, essential oils, other non-wood forest products and protection of wood and trees from pests and diseases. In 1956, this laboratory was organised as a regional centre of Forest Research Institute and Colleges, Dehra Dun. In 1977, Sandal Research Centre was set up to undertake research on wide-ranging aspects of genetics, silviculture and management of sandal, a valuable tree well distributed all over Southern India. In 1977, the marine centres of Wood Preservation Branch, Forest Research Institutes & Colleges, Dehra Dun functioning at Vishakhapatnam, Madras, Goa and Kochi were transferred to Forest Research Laboratory, Bangalore.
At present, it has a sprawling campus of 10 hectares in Malleshwaram, the heart of Bangalore city. The Institute has staff strength of 148 personnel with 38 Scientists in Bengaluru with 6 Divisions and 5 Cells. In addition to this, the Institute has Advanced Woodworking Training Center (AWTC) in its premises. It is a joint venture between Indian Government (IWST), Italian Government (Italian Trade Commission, ICE) and ACIMALL (Italian Woodworking Machines and Tools Manufacturers Association). It was started as the first Training Center in India, which aims to enhance the quality of Indian wood products manufacturing industries to attain global competitiveness by using the state of art machineries from Italy.
Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE), an apex body in the national forestry research system, has been undertaking the holistic development of forestry research through need based planning, promoting, conducting and coordinating research, education and extension covering all aspects of forestry. The Council deals with the solution based forestry research in tune with the emerging issues in the sector, including global concerns such as climate change, conservation of biological diversity, combating desertification and sustainable management and development of resources. Topical research by the Council enhances public confidence in the ability of forest managers and researchers to successfully handle challenges related to natural resource management.
ICFRE has nine Regional Research Institutes and four Research Centres located in different bio-geographical regions of the country to cater the forestry research needs of the nation.
The regional research Institutes are located at Jodhpur, Dehradun, Shimla, Hyderabad, Coimbatore, Ranchi, Bangalore, Jorhat and Jabalpur, and the centres are at Aizawl, Agartala, Chhindwara and Allahabad.
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