Rajasthan State Forest Policy 2010

Rajasthan State Forest Policy 2010: Rajasthan Cabinet in February 2010 approved the State’s first ever Forest Policy along with new policies on livestock development and water. Forest Policy draft approved by the Cabinet contains an ambitious target to increase the forest cover in the desert State to 20% from the existing 9.5%, satellite imagery puts it at 7.1 per cent by carrying out massive afforestation programme under “Harit Rajasthan” scheme. The draft suggests making use of the funds from the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme to carry out tree plantation in the Indira Gandhi Canal areas and elsewhere where the forests can be re-generated.

Rajasthan State Forest Policy 2010 Highlights:

  • Forest area of the state is only 9.56% of its total geographic area which is mainly confined to Aravallis and Vindhayan hill ranges of the Rajasthan.
  • The per capita forest area is only 0.06ha, which is one of the lowest in the country.
  • The basic objectives of state forest policy of rajasthan are as follows:
    • Protecting, conserving and developing natural forest in rajasthan with active participation of local community.
    • Increasing the productivity of forests through appropriate management interventions and use of modern technology to meet the needs of present as well as future generations.
    • Combating desertification and preventing all kinds of land degradation
    • Conservating floral and natural diversity and gene pool reserve through a network of protected areas.
    • Empowering the village communities for sustainable management of forest under join forest management system
    • The principal aim of forest policy is environmental stability and ecological security through increasing vegetate cover which will lead to reduction in stratospheric temperature is likely to increase the possibility of rains.
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