LUCKNOW: In 2023, 35 crore trees will be planted in Uttar Pradesh as part of the state government’s annual plantation drive. The target is similar to last year’s.
Minister of state for environment, forest and climate change (independent charge), AK Saxena discussed the strategy for plantation-2023 on Monday with the officials.
The preparations for the plantation start in March with soil work while the saplings will be grown in the nurseries.
Last year, there were 35 crore trees that were planted in the state under the ‘Vriksharopan Janandolan 2022′.
The government aims to increase the state’s green cover to 15 per cent by 2030 and drive by that, ambitious plantation targets are being set every year since 2017.
According to the State of Forest Report (SoFR) 2021, 9.2 per cent of the total geographical area (GA) of the state has a green cover (which includes both forest cover and tree cover). In 2013, it was 8.8 per cent of the state’s total GA.
Biennial report for 2021 showed an increase of 91 square kilometres in the green cover during 2019.
Besides, the forest department will also hold a three-day bird festival from February 1 till February 3.





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