Nagar Van Yojana 2021: City Forest Scheme for Developing City Forests [By Environment Ministry]

Short Info: Nagar Van Yojana 2021: City Forest Scheme for Developing City Forests By Environment Ministry. Central govt. to start Nagar Van Yojana (City Forest Scheme) in all states.

Nagar Van Scheme 2021

Name of Scheme: Nagar Van Scheme 

Official Website: Environment Ministry

Scheme Launched by: Government of India

Launched Under: All India

Scheme Type: Central Government

The Environment Ministry has proposed to come out with a scheme with an aim to develop at least one city forest on forest land in cities having municipal corporations, Lok Sabha was informed.

With biodiversity the theme of World Environment Day (WED) this year, the ministry of environment, forest and climate change (MoEFCC) will launch ‘Nagar Van’ (city forest) scheme on June 5.
A school nursery yojna is also proposed on a pilot basis for five years. Under this scheme, it is proposed to create small nurseries in schools involving students from classes six to nine. 

Objectives of Nagar Vana Yojana

  • To create City Forests across various parts of the country. One City Forest shall be developed in each city with a municipal council.
  • In order to create awareness on plants and biodiversity.
  • Education on the conservation of flora and fauna of the region which also includes the perception of threats.
  • Ecological rejuvenation of the cities. Forests are the green lungs that protect the environment of cities by pollution mitigation, cleaner air, noise reduction, water harvesting and reduction of heat islands effect.
  • In-situ Biodiversity conservation.
  • Health benefits to all urban citizens.
  • Making cities climate-resilient.

Benefits of Nagar Van Scheme

  • Urban forestry is an integrated concept of forest resource management to provide the improved environment, pleasing and relaxing surroundings in an urban system. The launch of ‘ Nagar Van’ scheme will provide an opportunity to the states to manage urban ecosystems.
  • Under the scheme, 1,000 schools of the country will be selected every year and each will raise at least 1,000 saplings by involving students. Selected schools will receive grant of Rs 25,000 in the first year and Rs 10,000 per year for the subsequent two years.

Components of City Forests in Nagar Van Yojana

A) Proper Fencing.

B) Wooded blocks with emphasis on locally appropriate species.

C) Plants to include shrubs, climbers, medicinal plants, seasonal flowering plants etc. to represent floral biodiversity.

D) Irrigation/ rain water harvesting facility.

E) Open Air Conservation education displays, signages, brochures etc.

F) Public convenience, drinking water facilities, benches etc.

G) Walkways/ footpath, Jogging and cycle track.